God’s Providence House in the heart of Newport has been awarded a 1-star food hygiene rating by the Isle of Wight Council.
Inspectors visited the premises on 8th January this year and found that whilst hygienic food handling was generally satisfactory, improvement is needed in the cleanliness and conditions of facilities and building.
Shockingly, major improvement is deemed necessary for the management of food safety which includes checks to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat.
The cafe, located in St Thomas’ Square, has failed to score any higher than 2 stars in the past 5 years but that has now been downgraded to just 1 star.
UPDATE @ 14:55 – Robin Crawley, the manager of God’s Providence House, has reacted to the latest report:
“I can make everyone aware that the issues are down to the structure of the building and an old log book. The building is over 300 years old and the particular issues that were flagged were:
a) No hand wash facilities for food prep area – the lady who came to check didn’t turn the tap hard enough as it is stiff. The hand wash facilities are fine.
b) Peeling paint on 2 parts of the ceiling. As the ceilings are so old they are very low and despite being repainted 18 months ago they were showing signs of wear. This has now been remedied.
c) Insufficient extraction. This was flagged 3 years ago when we were asked to put in an extraction fan out of the back of the building. We informed them that this wasn’t possible as the building is grade 2 star listed so we put an extraction fan in a disused vent in the ceiling instead.
d) A wall inside the building and next to the staff toilet (which is 2 doors away from the kitchen) needs re plastering. This is ongoing.
e) The logbook was out of date. This has been renewed and updated.
f) Our milk fridge had some rust on the outside and it needed replacing. This has been done.
“The inspector actually apologised at the end of the meeting for what the rating was going to be. She understood everything was fine with the food, temperature levels, prep areas etc and that the age of the building was the issue.
“Don’t get me wrong I’m not making excuses and we are fixing what was wrong”.