The Ryan Centre Café in Stranraer has been recognised for its high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety with an Eat Safe award.
Eat Safe is designed to promote excellence in food hygiene in catering businesses across Scotland, and is administered by Local Authority Environmental Health Services in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency.
Eligible establishments are assessed for the award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections, carried out by Officers of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Environmental Health Service.
The main aim of the initiative is to encourage food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards, beyond those required by law. The award scheme also helps consumers make informed choices about where to eat out by providing a recognisable ‘sign’ of excellence.
Beverley Mercer, acting deputy facilities manager Wigtown said: “Our Café Ryan staff pride themselves in providing high quality, well presented and excellent value food in a safe and clean environment, and will go out of their way to please their customers, altering any dish listed on our menu to suit any individual customer’s dietary requirements.
“They also prepare delicious food for children’s parties held within the centre, saving parents time and effort. We now find that customers who wouldn’t ordinarily have used the Ryan Centre facilities are visiting Café Ryan specifically for lunch or a snack. For our staff and facility to be awarded the Eat Safe Award really is the icing on the cake!”
Cllr Colin Smyth, chair of the council’s economy, environment and infrastructure committee said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the staff of the Ryan Centre Café for leading the way with all their hard work and for going above and beyond the usual standards of food hygiene.
“Dumfries and Galloway Council’s environmental health officers are working with many businesses across the Region to continually upgrade food standards and protect people living, working and visiting our area.
“In Dumfries and Galloway we are renowned for our quality food and produce and the region has over 50 food outlets so far who have achieved the Eat Safe award, which can only enhance our reputation.”