Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation venues receive tip top scores for food hygiene
Date published: 30 October 2021
Head chef at Littleborough's Hare on the Hill, Austin Hopley, with the five-star food hygiene rating which the venue received after an inspection on 8 September 2021
A local pub, catering and hospitality group has received an abundance of five-star ratings across its food pubs and restaurants in Rochdale.
Operating from The Flying Horse Hotel on Packer Street, The Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation has received the highest possible marks in food hygiene across all its town centre venues – The Flying Horse Hotel (including the Bombay Brew Kebab Shack), Indian-inspired street food restaurant Bombay Brew, and the multi-award-winning Baum on Toad Lane - as well as its Littleborough venue, The Hare on the Hill.
The Food Standards Agency is required by law to give a hygiene rating of up to five to any business where food is handled or prepared in the UK. A food safety officer from the local authority checks that food hygiene law is being followed correctly so that the food is safe to eat, and inspects handling of food, how food is stored, how food is prepared, cleanliness of facilities, and how food safety is managed.
All inspected businesses are rated in three categories to give a final score: hygienic food handling, management of food safety, and cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Thomas McNeeney, Business Development Manager at The Lancashire Hospitality Co., said: “Especially in the current climate, high standards of food hygiene is something that we are very passionate about. Our customers feeling confident in the food that they are eating is so important.
“All our businesses are very much moving towards being food focused if they aren’t already and we couldn’t be prouder of the work each of our venues put in to provide exceptional food and exceptional customer service.
“We just want to provide sensational offerings that keep raising the bar of just what people expect from the town centre and beyond.”
Paul Ambrose, Rochdale Business Improvement District Manager, said: "Rochdale town centre's exciting and evolving food and drink scene is cementing its reputation amongst North of England as a must visit destination.
"One of the reasons for the centres growing reputation are the high standards of food safety which the businesses strive for. In this instance I congratulate the Lancashire Hospitality Co for their excellent work to ensure all their town centre venues have achieved 5 star food hygiene ratings following audits from the Councils environmental health officers."
Local businessman Ben Boothman launched The Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation in June 2020, combining the successful landlord’s Flying Horse Hotel, Bombay Brew and the Baum in Rochdale town centre, the Quirky Kitchen catering company, the Crown and Shuttle pub in Firgrove, The Red Lion Inn in Whitworth and the Hare on the Hill in Littleborough under one umbrella company.
Since his takeover, Firgrove's Crown and Shuttle has also received a five-star rating for food hygiene.
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