Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket has been awarded FSA’s five-star Food Hygiene rating two months after its acquisition.
The three-star hotel, situated at the top of Newmarket High Street, was acquired in March 2018 by Review Hotels Ltd, which also owns Newmarket’s 4-red star Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa.
The hotel’s five-star Food Hygiene achievement recognises the importance of food hygiene within establishments and includes: cleanliness of facilities, food storage, food preparation and food safety.
Review Hotel’s LTD has implemented several efficient changes in a short space of time using the guidance of Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa’s existing executive head chef, Sean Melville, who oversees both hotels’ restaurants.
In succession of this, the hotel has also introduced new menus and new kitchen equipment.
Noel Byrne, chief executive at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, said: “The timing of the Food Hygiene inspection, so soon after the acquisition of the hotel, goes to show how quickly we have been able to positively impact the hotel on a day to day basis. Cosmetic refurbishment is also already underway, so there is a great deal of tangible improvement to be celebrated after just a couple of months under new ownership.
“With substantial investment, wider scale refurbishment of the property, and the creation of new jobs also in the pipeline, there is plenty for the hotel’s guests, diners, and staff, as well as the local community, to be excited about in the future, too.”
The Rutland Arms Hotel dates back to the 17th century and comprises 46 bedrooms, conference and event facilities for up to 60 delegates, as well as the restaurant, bar and cobbled courtyard terrace around which the hotel is built.