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Nicholaston House Awarded 'Level 5' Food Hygiene

Nicholaston House has once again been awarded a level 5 food hygiene rating following an unannounced inspection by Swansea Council food safety officers.

Food hygiene ratings range from 5 (very good) down to Ø (urgent improvements necessary), and all food businesses have a legal duty to display their rating in a prominent place.

Speaking in response to the level 5 food hygiene rating recently awarded by local authority officials, Owen Marvelly, Manager at Nicholaston House, said: "Our catering team here at Nicholaston House are extremely professional and dedicated to providing a service that responds to the various dietary needs of our guests. The attainment of a 'very good' food hygiene inspection not only reflects the commitment of our team of chefs and kitchen support staff to ensure food is prepared to the highest possible standards, but also demonstrates the commitment of all staff for ensuring a safe and hygienic food preparation environment is consistently maintained."

Nicholaston House was opened in 1998 by Swansea City Mission and welcomes hundreds of people through its doors each month, including those attending retreats, conferences and residential courses.

Mr Marvelly added: "To again be awarded a level 5 rating by food safety inspectors gives assurance to our guests that Nicholaston House is a venue offering a high standard catering service.

"In the coming months Nicholaston House will be welcoming many guests, including a variety of groups for traditional Christmas lunches, income from which helps sustain the charity's work throughout the year."

Nicholaston House is currently hosting a residential course aimed at people wishing to overcome a variety of eating disorders. The days consist of interactive teaching sessions, creative tools, therapeutic horse time, the chance to talk and pray with team members and short evening reflections. Led by writer and international speaker, Helena Wilkinson who is based at Nicholaston House, overcoming eating disorder courses are open to men and women who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating who desire to work on recovery.

Speaking about the importance of Nicholaston House being able to provide a professional and responsive catering service for those attending eating disorder courses, Helena Wilkinson said: "To hear people with eating disorders say that the food is really good at Nicholaston House speaks for itself. As course leader, seeing the high standard of cooking and presentation is a significant part of helping sufferers take steps towards recovery."

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Wales is operated in accordance with the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act — Nicholaston House was awarded a level 5 (very good) rating on 29 July 2Ø15.

Pictured proudly showing off the newly-awarded level 5 food hygiene rating certificate are Nicholaston House team members: Anita Molnar, Lewis Marvelly and Pam Lloyd.