Why this award winning Hull restaurant has been hailed for its food hygiene work

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Jan 2018

An award-winning Hull restaurant has been hailed as a class act in the region’s hospitality sector after underlining its commitment to food hygiene.

Staff at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar have been commended in a succession of awards schemes and demonstrated that they are taking nothing for granted by turning their restaurant into a classroom with extra training from East Riding College.

The team seized the opportunity before Christmas of completing fully-funded food hygiene and customer service courses offered by the College.

Now, key members of kitchen and front of house staff have progressed to higher level courses to ensure that the restaurant stands out as one of the best in the business.

Jaqui Graham, short course provision and development co-ordinator at East Riding College, said: “This restaurant is at the top of the industry and is setting a great example.

“I have been in the sector for 17 years and I have never seen a business embrace training so willingly.

“A lot of restaurants won’t even come forward to take the funded training but 1884 Wine & Tapas has gone beyond that and is paying for the next level.

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“We take the training to the companies because their business has to keep working. We work with restaurants, pubs and other food outlets and there is funding available but it is unusual to find a business which will make this level of commitment.”

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar opened in 2015 next to Humber Quays on Hull Marina. Less than a year later it won the restaurant category of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) and followed up by being shortlisted last year.

Staff completing food hygiene training at 1884 Wine & Tapas

It was also a finalist in 2016 in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards and the White Rose Awards and last year it won the restaurant prize in the inaugural Hull Lifestyle Awards.

Deborah Spicer, director of the restaurant, which has a 5 star food hygiene rating, decided to sharpen her team’s skills after reading of culinary catastrophes across the region, with some outlets scoring zero.

Ms Spicer said: “We visited East Riding College’s training restaurant last year as part of a business supper club and we were really impressed with them, so it made sense to bring them in to top up our training.”

She says that the partnership with the college has worked so well that she has paid to progress to Level 4 Food Safety in Management.

“The College provided funding to cover the cost of the Level 3 courses, which was more than £5,000,” Ms Spicer said.

“We invested in staff time and in closing the restaurant for one day every week while we completed the training.

Debbie Spicer, Jaqui Graham and Dan Poole in 1884 Wine & Tapas

“Jaqui helped our people in terms of greater awareness and confidence around food hygiene and also such issues as dietary requirements and allergies.

“Hygiene issues have been very high profile in the media and we take it very seriously. That’s why we did the training and that’s why we have paid to progress to Level 4.”

East Riding College runs a variety courses for business at its sites in Beverley, Bridlington and Hull as well as in company premises.



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