Student Restaurant Achieves Five-Star Rating

19 September 2017 | College News, Hospitality & Catering

City College Plymouth’s PL1 Restaurant has come out on top once again after being awarded a five-star hygiene rating in a surprise inspection.

Having recently received its third Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for their outstanding customer reviews, the student-run restaurant has now impressed food safety officers from the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) leading to top marks.

The FHRS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops. Inspections look at how hygienically the food is handled, the condition of the buildings and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe. At the end of the inspection, the business is given a rating from 0 – 5. PL1 scored a ‘very good’ rating of 5.

“This rating is a testament to the hardworking students and staff,” said Chaz Talbot Academy Manager of Hospitality, Catering and Healthcare. “It’s a great start to the academic year and we can only hope to continue down this path. PL1 is not just a restaurant, it is training facility, and we aim to teach our students not only to cook well but how to manage a kitchen. More goes in to maintaining and running a food establishment than people realise, and cleanliness can be ‘make or break’ for many businesses. We believe our students should know everything about the industry – even the not so glamorous parts – so that they have the skills and knowledge to go on to work in or even open their own five-star restaurants.”

For anyone considering a career in the hospitality and catering industry, it’s not too late to sign up for a full or part-time course. To find out more the College is holding Course Information Drop-in events every Wednesday throughout September, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for details.

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