Five-star Ken is Market Rasen’s ‘Mister Clean’

Jane and Ken Bridger EMN-141214-181842001
Jane and Ken Bridger EMN-141214-181842001

Market Rasen town and district councillor Ken Bridger has warned food operators to beware of West Lindsey’s hygiene inspectors.

However, when they called at Waveney Cottage, which he runs with wife Jane, they gave 5-stars, the best marks possible for food hygiene.

West Lindsey’s food inspectors- who call at hundreds of premises every year- test on many factors.

“Basically, it’s all the paperwork. That’s what people slip up on, especially the recording of stuff such as dates,” he said.

Coun Bridger, who sits on a WLDC tourism committee, credits Jane for keeping their B&B clean, which has also helped it earn 5-stars on TripAdvisor.

“I kept out of the way when they called. Jane has worked in catering. She knows how to deal with this. It’s all down to Jane. She has worked hard at this,” he said.

Their recent inspection came as West Lindsey is increasing its food hygiene patrols. A council report this month revealed that during September-November 2014, the number of informal notices and prosecutions increased from 176 to 212. The number of registered food premises receiving a proactive inspection increased from 66% to 105%.

“They are stepping it up. It’s keeping people safe,” Coun Bridger added.

Fellow town councillor, Mayor John Matthews, also has a B&B, the Beechwood Guest House. He and wife Julie also received 5-stars after inspectors called in October.

Other recent ratings include Lincs Co-op, Caistor (5); Pit Stop Garage, Market Rasen (5); Caenby Corner Garage (5); Garnetts, Market Rasen (5); Costcutter, Welton (5); Welton Sports & Social Club (5) and Newtoft Social Club (4).