A TOP restaurant has welcomed the introduction of a new evaluation system – and has won top marks.
The Hastings in Hastings Place, Lytham, has been awarded five stars in the new Fylde Council scheme, following a rigorous inspection by health and safety officers.
Louise Sydney, Hastings general manager, said: “We are overjoyed at the Hastings to receive this commendation because even though we know our kitchens and restaurant are immaculate it’s nice to have the ringing endorsement from the council.
“The initiative should be embraced, if you’ve got nothing to hide then you should be all for it – we certainly are.
“We know our customers expect the highest standards of cuisine, service and cleanliness and that’s why we’re so pleased our efforts have been recognised.”
And head Chef Warrick Dodds added: “All restaurants, as well as other catering establishments, are undergoing this thorough re-evaluation and in view of the restaurant health food scares coming from Germany we think this is a good way of keeping customers and the public, reassured about all food safety and hygiene matters.”
The top chef has a Michelin-starred background from Northcote Manor, Heathcotes and Chez Nico.
The five-star rating from Fylde Council – the top achievable award in the controversial new health and safety guidelines - follows recognition the restaurant has received in the past 12 months from Michelin, Hardens and the Good Food Guide. The Hastings is now featured in the 2011 Michelin Good Food Hardens guides.
The new health rating system has come under criticism for punishing some venues due to the age of facilities, as well as cleanliness.