Five Star Award

ARGYLE’S new Mayflower Grandstand has continued to hit heights after being awarded a top mark for its Club Argyle hospitality.

The Food Standards Agency awarded the Pilgrims a maximum five-star rating in its Food Hygiene Rating Scheme after a mystery visit to Home Park Stadium.

The club was graded across three main areas: the structural integrity of the kitchen; paperwork; and working practices. Assessors felt that Club Argyle – and, indeed, the whole football club – more than satisfied their criteria. The FSA found the environment safe and that there is a robust scheme in place for allergens, health and safety, cleanliness.  

The assessors were making their first visit to Home Park since the opening of the Mayflower Grandstand and Head of Conferencing and Events Christian Kent was delighted that the club passed with flying colours.

“Essentially, it was a surprise visit,” said Christian. “There was not a pre-visit, the assessors came on a match-day to assess the Grandstand kitchen and catering outlets in the kiosks. It set the bar for the standard that we aim to be.

“Having a five-star rating means that we are recognised by the local authorities for producing and serving food. From a non match-day point of view, it’s something that we can showcase to potential customers.”

Our award now confirms that we have a terrific facility in the Mayflower Grandstand for both match-days and non match-days, which will not only be to the benefit of Argyle for years to come, but also to the City of Plymouth.