Scilly Could Get Food Quality Mark

Tourist Information Centre in Hugh Town

Recommending somewhere to eat on the islands could soon be more straightforward as the Tourist Board are planning to bring in a quality mark scheme.

Restaurants and cafes that provide food will be able to sign up for grading under a mystery diner-style assessment.

Other businesses that serve food, including guesthouses and even the chip van or sandwich sales points could also be included under the scheme, organised by Quality in Tourism, part of Visit England.

From Radio Scilly

Julian Pearce talks to Keri Jones

Julian Pearce from the Tourist Information Centre says the ‘Taste Of’ brand of grading is already in use in Lancashire and the New Forest. Jersey is rolling out its own programme but Cornwall hasn’t signed up and that could mean we’re ahead of the game in this region.

Julian says participating businesses would be marked on the amount of local produce they use, food taste and presentation, customer service and ambience.

A business that passes the assessment will receive promotional signage and will be promoted at the Hugh Town Tourist Information Centre.

And the inspection won’t be a total surprise, as businesses will pay £143 to take part. The inspectors will pay for their own meal.

He wants interested locals to come forward and hopes to arrange an overview meeting in the New Year. The scheme would start in time for next season.

 



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