Relief as B&B given 5 star rating

Charlie Hodson outside his B&B The Avalon, celebrating his new food hygiene rating of 5''w130513b
Charlie Hodson outside his B&B The Avalon, celebrating his new food hygiene rating of 5''w130513b

A WHITBY B&B owner has voiced his relief after his business was re-graded as five star in the council’s Food Hygiene Rating System.

Charlie Hodson (54) who runs the Avalon Hotel in Royal Crescent hit out at the council last month, after it graded his premises as one, because he says he simply forgot to tick a box for his twice daily fridge checks.

He feared the poor grade would have an adverse affect on his business and asked the council to re-grade him.

Following a visit from the council’s Environmental Health department his business has now been graded as five as because the B&B was closed over the winter period, Mr Hodson did not have to carry out the fridge checks which he would normally have to do.

He said: “It’s a relief. I am glad I have got a five but I haven’t done anything different.”

Scarborough Borough Council’s health and community safety manager, Steve Pogson, said: “As is permitted under the scheme, the council received a request to revisit the Avalon Hotel and it was pleasing to see improvements had been made.

“We were very satisfied food safety was being managed effectively and this is now reflected in the hotel’s five-star rating which will be appearing on the Food Standard Agency website.”