Staffordshire marina pub scoops top marks in hygiene inspection

Staff and customers at one of Staffordshire’s best-loved restaurants and entertainment venues are celebrating the retention of its five-star rating following a recent hygiene inspection.

The Waterfront at Barton Marina was inspected by environmental health officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council shortly after completing a major refurbishment project which has transformed the restaurant and terrace areas.

The inspection typically examines how hygienically food is handled including its preparation, how it is re-heated, cooled and stored; the condition of the building itself including cleanliness, layout, lighting and ventilation and how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and to maintain standards in the future.

Following the visit, the Waterfront was given the top rating of five stars which means the hygiene standards are “very good” with no areas of urgent improvement identified.

Commenting on the success, General Manager, Megan Morrish said: “We are delighted with the five-star rating. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are passionate about delivering the highest standards to our customers.

“This official seal of approval confirms the Waterfront is a restaurant that takes pride in every area of its business and is dedicated to providing a truly first-rate dining experience.”

The hygiene rating system is run by the Food Standards Agency, the government department responsible for food safety, in conjunction with local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Inspections are carried out to check food businesses are complying with food hygiene laws and ratings are awarded based on the findings during the inspection. The results of inspections are published on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

The Waterfront’s complete makeover of the pub interior includes a refitted bar, tile flooring, furniture and décor so that all the different areas of the establishment complement each other. To play up the wow factor, the terrace overlooking the Marina has been timber-boarded with subtle uplighters and copper gas flambeaux.

To celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art kitchen, Head Chef, Pete Godwin, has unveiled an inspired menu incorporating fresh dishes alongside old favourites.