Eat Safe Award presented to Lochaber business

Craft & Things Coffee Shop in Glencoe has been awarded the Eat Safe Award after demonstrating that its standards of food hygiene and food safety management exceed that required by legislation.  This is only the second award to be presented within the Lochaber area and one of only 43 Eat Safe awards that have been issued throughout The Highland Council area.

Presenting the Award, Lochaber Area Leader, Councillor Thomas MacLennan, said:  “It is a pleasure to reward a business which takes the safety and comfort of their customers seriously and carries out their work with such enthusiasm and dedication.”

The Craft & Things Coffee Shop is situated in The Old Croft of Tighphuirst, which is adjacent to the A82 near Glencoe village and provides in-house home baking, meals and tea and coffee.  They are now entitled to display their certificate and the Eat Safe logo in their premises.

Business Owner David Cooper said: “We were delighted when, on a routine visit, Environmental Health Officer John Murray said that we would be recommended for the Eat Safe Award and it is our great pleasure to accept this award knowing that our hard work and attention to detail by ourselves and members of staff has paid off. It is especially rewarding to be recognised for all that needs to be done behind the scenes which the customer does not see!" 

The Eat Safe scheme is administered by local Environmental Health Services in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.  The Eat Safe Award was launched in Scotland from January 2005 and only 1172 Awards have been issued throughout Scotland in the last ten years. 

The main aim of the scheme is to provide an incentive to food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law. It will also help consumers make informed choices about where to eat out by providing a recognisable 'sign' of excellence in standards of food hygiene.

Eligible establishments can be assessed for the Award as part of scheduled Food Hygiene Inspections carried out by Environmental Health services. If you are a catering business that feels its standards are high enough, why not approach your food inspector during the next scheduled inspection and ask for advice?

More information on Eat Safe is available at


25 Feb 2015
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