The Flying Pig achieves five star food hygiene rating…

The Food Standards Agency the national agency that looks after food hygiene ratings across the UK has awarded The Flying Pig, Bowness, a 5-star rating.

The food hygiene scoring system goes from 0 to 5, with 5 meaning “very good”. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency. It’s government led and operates in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It’s dedicated to assessing the hygiene levels of restaurants, takeaways, food shops, and cafes. And it’s all about making sure food in the UK is safe to consume.

An Environmental Health Food Safety Officer calculates the score of your premises from 25 (very poor) to 0 (perfect) using the Food Law Code of Practice. Scores are finalised by adding together the points scored in each of the three categories (hygiene, structural, and management compliance) and making sure there is no significant failing in any category.

The ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times, this includes food handling, how food is stored, how food is prepared, the cleanliness of facilities and how food safety is managed.

We all know that food safety issues can seriously damage a food establishments reputation, so a food hygiene rating sign is an instant and friendly reassurance that tells potential customers to ‘come in we have high standards of food hygiene!’

Alan Mather, High Spirits Operations Manager, which owns The Flying Pig, in Bowness, said: ‘’We work tirelessly to ensure that the food hygiene standards at the Flying Pig are maintained to the highest levels and receiving the top possible rating for food hygiene from South Lakeland District Council demonstrates our long-standing commitment to food hygiene and the effort that we go to make sure that the food that we serve to our customers is honest, safe and ultimately delicious!”

Cumbrian pub named amongst the best in the UK

The Flying Pig named amongst the best pubs and bars in the UK

Pubs and bars across the UK are celebrating this Easter after 94 individual locations were named the best venues in their respective counties.

Among them is The Flying Pig, in Bowness, which was announced yesterday as the Cumbrian winner of the county heats in the annual National Pub & Bar Awards.

The awards now in their fourth year, showcases how diverse and creative the UK’s hospitality really is and celebrates the finest pubs and bars in the on-trade businesses from every corner of the UK.

The county winners will now be whittled down to 15 regional venues based on a scoring system across categories including service, food and drink offering, decor and cleanliness.

The pubs, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be presented with their awards at a red-carpet celebration at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, in London, on Wednesday 22 May, by esteemed restaurant critic Jay Rayner.

Jay Rayner who will also announce the 15 Regional Winners on the night, selected from among the 94 county winners, he will also reveal which pub or bar has won the coveted title of National Pub & Bar of the Year 2019.

“Selecting this year’s 94 County Winners has been nothing short of inspiring,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event. “From idyllic countryside pubs to inner city cocktail bars, this is the most eclectic and exciting industry in the world. It’s a privilege to help these businesses get the recognition they deserve.”

Colin Monk and Alex Mauro, the directors of High Spirits Leisure Group, which owns and runs The Flying Pig, commented: ‘’We are thrilled that we’ve made the cut! The whole team has worked extremely hard to achieve the success we’ve had so far. Without their amazing personalities, fantastic work ethic and just being good at what they do business wouldn’t be what it is today.”

They added: ”As a company we have real ambition to be the best in the business, we currently operate four high quality venues and are in the process of adding a further two to our stable. Accolades like this recognise the quality of what we deliver to our customers and firmly demonstrate our ambition. We’re keeping everything crossed that we make it through to the next stage, which could see us winning the title of Best Pub & Bar in the North West of England.”