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.


7 Responses to Scilly Could Get Food Quality Mark

  1. Adam Morton,St.Martins November 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I am not in favour of this and agree with sue.A grading scheme would be great if it were customer based but this sounds like a gimmick to give somone a job.A cheaper option would be to print off a simple form that people leaving the islands could comment on the best and or worst aspects of their holiday and present it as confidential feedback to the proprietors.Or a sort of marks out of 5 like they do on Ebay.I am fed up with the council telling us what we have to do to run our businesses and never asking us once what we want done.The FSA is already about to give us star ratings that efectivly lable anyone selling freshly prepared produce as high risk!

  2. Nobby Nobbs November 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    In all fairness, I’ve been to some eatery’s on this island and not only are the prices astronomical but the service is bloody awful.
    Some of the people behind counters are just plain rude and one or two of them actually scare me.
    I would name and shame but the moderator wouldn’t like it

  3. Jenny Green November 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Was’nt this the same person who told us to smile at the visitors more, as the brain storming idea for 2012. Beggars belief.

  4. Jenny Green November 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Someone in a protected, nicely paid public sector job, who will get paid a monthly wage whatever, can suggest a devisive extra tax, which this in, on the struggling private sector. If he really believes in this, then come out from the nice comfort zone of the public sector and start a business promoting this, charging the fee he suggests and see whether making a living in the private sector, really needs this. Instead of talking at the private sector, talk to them, engage with them, in helpful constructive conversation, not this. Everyone boycott it…………..

  5. Todd Stevens November 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Why didn’t I think of this!? Go to a restaurant- have a nice meal for say £50. Then tell the owner you are an inspector and charge them £143. Eat nice and make money! Sounds like a 1930’s USA extortion racket. Parasites.

  6. badger November 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm


  7. sue November 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I think its disgraceful that we should have to pay, again, for the TIC to promote Island businesses when we already pay them to do just that! What happens if we don’t join? Do they stop recommending us? Whatever happened to local recommendation and word of mouth?? I agree with the other business person entirely, Let’s all boycott it! The TIC should be promoting ALL businesses on Scilly if they already pay and people should be left to make up their own minds where they would like to eat. Not everyone has the same tastes in food, and how can one inspector understand the needs and tastes of everyone? What are the TIC trying to do to already struggling local businesses? Do you think that Cornwall hasn’t signed up for a reason? They’ve got more sense and know how much this could damage businesses! I for one and I’m sure most businesses would be pleased to have an anonymous inspection but am certainly NOT forking out £143 for the privilige. DO you not think that the new Environmental ratings next year will help people choose where to go? And what about thinks like Good Pub Guides, Good Food Guides, Trip Advisor? They are all free and good so why do need some new ‘get rich’ scheme from the Council?