BARI Tea in Alnwick has picked up an award.
The tea brewery has been awarded the maximum five stars in the national Scores on the Doors food hygiene rating scheme.
Caroline Stewart, maître t’ at Bari Tea, said: “As customer service and food quality are our greatest priority at Bari Tea, we set an early ambition to achieve at least four stars in our food hygiene assessment.
“Even before work started on the kitchen, I turned to Rudy Imhoof of RJI Business Solutions for guidance on how to make sure our equipment and systems would be the best they could be within the limitations of our kitchen space and start-up budget. So we are very proud to have achieved the maximum five stars.”
The Scores on the Doors rating system was adopted by Northumberland County Council in 2011. Results for businesses assessed by this scheme are posted on the website www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk, which allows customers to check how well restaurants, cafes and takeaways take care of food hygiene before eating there.
A council spokeswoman said: “Five stars indicate very high standards of compliance with food hygiene legislation, with ratings being based on the three categories of food hygiene and safety, structure and cleaning and confidence in management.
“From April this year, the rating system will be changing to a national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme where a wider range of food premises will be included.”