Pub grub wins five-star praise

Top marks Graham Exeley (left) with Sean Donkin of The Bamburgh Castle Inn.
Top marks Graham Exeley (left) with Sean Donkin of The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

A NORTH Northumberland coastal pub has been awarded the top rating for food hygiene on a nationwide website.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, above the harbour in Seahouses, has been awarded five-star status from Scores on the Doors, which gathers food safety inspection details from local authorities to rank food outlets.

The welcome news comes for the pub as Food Safety Week 2011 takes place across the UK.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s standards impressed Graham Exeley, chartered safety and health practitioner, who is responsible for training the staff at the pub.

He said: “I was very impressed by their knowledge and commitment to food safety and hygiene and their willingness to learn.

“The support manager Sean Donkin gives them means they are able to bring in robust systems which has resulted in their five-star status.”

Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager Sean said: “As well as enjoying great-tasting food, customers can rest assured that the food they eat at The Bamburgh Castle Inn has been completely safely managed in a carefully controlled quality and safety system. The food here is extremely safe and the team here fully understand how to look after it. Scores on the Doors means our customers can now check this out for themselves.”

The ratings can be found at