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Mildenhall hotel and restaurant presented with the 50th Eat Out, Eat Well award from council

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 13 December 2017

Presentation of the 50th West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Left to right, Andy Larkin (Head Chef at The Riverside House Hotel), The Riverside House Hotel general manager Ged Shannocks and Cllr Lance Stanbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Presentation of the 50th West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Left to right, Andy Larkin (Head Chef at The Riverside House Hotel), The Riverside House Hotel general manager Ged Shannocks and Cllr Lance Stanbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A hotel and restaurant in Mildenhall has been presented with the 50th Eat Out, Eat Well award from the environmental health team at west Suffolk councils. The Riverside House Hotel, in Mill Street, was presented with the award as it holds the top five-star rating for good food hygiene.

Presentation of the 50th West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Left to right, Andy Larkin (Head Chef at The Riverside House Hotel), The Riverside House Hotel general manager Ged Shannocks and Cllr Lance Stanbury. Picture: GREGG BROWNPresentation of the 50th West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Left to right, Andy Larkin (Head Chef at The Riverside House Hotel), The Riverside House Hotel general manager Ged Shannocks and Cllr Lance Stanbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The enviromental health team at west Suffolk councils runs the Eat Out, Eat Well scheme where restaurants, cafes and caterers can be accredited for their use of healthy ingredients and healthier methods of preparation.

The environmental health team carried out more than 585 food hygiene inspections at food businesses since January this year, awarding ratings of zero to five stars.

Councillor Lance Stanbury, Forest Heath District Council’s cabinet member for planning and growth, said: “Many of us like to get together with work colleagues and friends and enjoy a Christmas meal out - but no one wants to suffer the effects of a nasty bout of food poisoning from cross contaminated foods or undercooked meat.

“That is why it is so important to look for the scores on the doors before booking your meal.

The Riverside House Hotel General Manager Ged Shannocks with his West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe Riverside House Hotel General Manager Ged Shannocks with his West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“Equally it is my belief that people will soon look for the Eat Out, Eat Well symbol. It’s a logo that shows that the restaurant or café offers healthy choices and quite literally has the best care of its customers at heart.

“I am delighted to be presenting this landmark 50th award to The Riverside House Hotel in Mildenhall.”

Research shows that the average person eats out from home for one in six of their meals.

At the same time, there is a growing obesity epidemic in the UK, which causes more than 30,000 deaths a year in England alone.

There are three levels to the Eat Out, Eat Well accreditation. The Riverside House Hotel has achieved the highest level of gold.

Ged Sharrocks, general manager of The Riverside House Hotel, said: “We want everyone who has a meal here to enjoy their food and to have a good experience.

“Health and hygiene as well as good flavoursome food, is at the heart of what we do here.

“It is another way that we can demonstrate how we take pride in looking after our customers, so I am delighted that The Riverside House Hotel has been awarded the 50th West Suffolk Eat Out, Eat Well award.”

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