College training restaurant handed one star hygiene rating

A college training restaurant in Wales has been given a one star food hygiene rating following a visit from inspectors.

The Blasus restaurant on the Dwr Y Felin Road campus at Neath Port Talbot college received the low grading last month after it was deemed that major improvement was needed in hygenic food handing.

The report also noted that improvement was necessary in the cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building. The management of food safety was found to be satisfactory.

Formerly the Paragon Restaurant, the site underwent a £45,000 refurbishment in 2010. The restaurant has been training students and serving the community for over 25 years.

Students host themed events for residents every Wednesday which include a six course dinner. In addition, grill and bistro lunches are served on Wednesday and Thursday’s, and a fine dining lunch is served on Fridays.

A spokeswoman for the college told the South Wales Evening Post: “Our Training Restaurant ‘Blasus’ and Level 1 Trainee Chefs were audited by the Environmental Health Officer on Tuesday 08 March 2016. Regrettably, on this occasion, we did not meet our usual “Five Star” hygiene rating.

“As with any hospitality business, the safety of our customers is paramount and all our students and staff have responded positively to the Environmental Health Officer’s report. All recommendations have been addressed and we have requested a re-grade visit. This has been a valuable training experience for all our students.”

A spokeswoman for Neath Port Talbot Council told the paper: “The food hygiene rating was given in accordance with the rating scheme standards. Normal follow up actions are being progressed with the catering department of Neath College, to help them address the areas which require improvement”.




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