BURTON Albion are now offering up five-star performances on and off the pitch after being given top marks by food hygiene inspectors.
Bosses at the League Two club revealed their ‘delight’ after learning that they had maintained the coveted five out of five rating following a surprise visit by hygiene chiefs.
The club said the grading, which was dished out by officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council, was a ‘true reflection’ of the work by head chef Michael Piper and his team.
A spokesman for the Brewers told the Mail: “Burton Albion is delighted to announce that they have maintained their five-star food rating for the Pirelli Stadium.
“The rating, awarded by East Staffordshire Borough Council, recognises the good work of head chef Michael Piper and his in-house catering team.”
The club were also keen to stress that the performance off the pitch mirrors that of the team on the pitch, who are all set to book a play-off place for a second season in succession thanks to an impressive run of form.
Burton Albion commercial director Fleur Robinson spoke of the club’s pride to the news.
She said: “As a club, we are delighted to maintain our five-star food hygiene rating for our in-house catering, banqueting and matchday operation here at the Pirelli Stadium.
“Our head chef Mike Piper and his team work hard to ensure high-quality, friendly and professional service, and this award is testament to their outstanding work.”
However, inspectors did advise that raw and cooked foods needed to be separated at all times in the future.
They also urged the club to make sure that work on a wall in the dry store area was completed, after it was found in an unfinished state.
Following the visit, advice was given to staff to make sure that cleaning items were permanently moved from under a storage section in a sink area at the premises.
The Rate my Place scheme is a partnership between the majority of Staffordshire local authorities to publish details of food safety inspection reports and hygiene rating scores across the county.
It has also emerged that Tommy’s Fish Bar, in New Street, was handed four out of five following a recent visit.
Tony’s Butchers, in New Street, also earned a score of four and was urged to make sure there was hot running water in the toilet facilities.
More information is available online at www.ratemyplace.org.uk