Four local businesses are up for awards

With the Taste of Angus Festival currently highlighting just how delicious Angus’ produce can be, four Angus eating establishments are proving that food safety is just as important as taste when it comes to eating out in Angus.

On Thursday (September 6), at Murton Tearoom, Murton Farm, four local eateries will be presented with the first Angus Eat Safe Awards – the Food Standards Agency’s scheme which encourages businesses across the UK to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law.

The Eat Safe Awards will be presented by Councillor Sheila Hands, Angus Council’s economic development spokesperson, and Peter Midgely of the Food Standards Agency to The Castle Club, Forfar; North Street Chip Shop, Forfar; Panmure Arms Hotel, Edzell and Murton Tearoom.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be receiving an Eat Safe Award,” said Judith McVicar, Manager of Murton Tearoom. “Everyone involved in Murton Tearoom gives 110 per cent and it’s given our dedicated team of staff and trainees such a boost to know that, as well as Murton Tearoom’s growing reputation as a great place for home cooking and baking, we’ve also successfully achieved the very high food safety standards required for the Eat Safe Award.”

Councillor Hands explained that Eat Safe has only recently been introduced in Angus. “We’re delighted to be able to present the first of these awards to four local businesses during the A Taste of Angus Festival

“This award is official recognition of the highest standards of food hygiene and is a visible sign to diners that the ultimate care has been taken with preparing, cooking and serving their food. It also highlights the award-winning approach taken by Angus Council’s environmental health staff, who have developed innovative approaches to hygiene training which are now being replicated across Scotland.”