A Burnley-based bistro and outside catering company Simply Classic, which has been feeding hungry residents and office workers for more than 26 years, has been awarded top hygiene scores.

All venues run by the family-owned Simply Classic chain, were awarded five stars under Burnley Council’s food hygiene rating scheme, also known as ‘scores on the doors’.

Chris Burt one of the partners of Simply Classic, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the great accolade of having all our bistros and the catering and vending service receive top marks achievable in the food hygiene rating scheme.

“Consumers are increasingly taking hygiene into consideration when making dining out choices. It doesn’t matter how good the food and drink may be – having perfect hygiene is an absolute basic which every food restaurant, bistro, and takeaway should have as a core principal.

“Our dedicated catering staff and a team of chefs work incredibly hard to deliver the best possible service to our customers and this hygiene award reflects that emphasis on our commitment.”

Those awarded include Simply Classic at Shuttleworth Mead, Padiham; Simply Classic Bistro & Bar at Burnley Mechanics; Simply Classic Bistro & Bar at the new Prairie Sports Village in Windermere Avenue and Classic Cuisine Lancashire Digital Technology Centre.

The outside catering service Classic Cuisine, which is part of the well-established Classic umbrella, also received the rating of five stars.

Founded by Robert and Anne Bradshaw, Simply Classic started its journey with Classic Cuisine catering in the 1990s.

Since then the company has grown significantly, particularly in the last couple of years after teaming up with Burnley Leisure and opening bistros at the Mechanics and the Prairie.

The two organisations are working hand in hand running bistros and outside catering service at parties, business awards, christenings and wedding receptions.

Chris has served in a wide range of venues from global companies to catering at dinners in private houses for some of the most successful business people.

He said: “The business is booming and joining forces with Burnley Leisure has proved to be a great success. With opening the two latest bistros, we were not only able to double the size of the business but also establish ourselves as the largest family catering company in the area.”

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