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Student-led Orpington restaurant BR6 receives gold standard accreditation

PUBLISHED: 17:15 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 13 June 2017

Staff at BR6 with their award

Staff at BR6 with their award

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It's the first college restaurant to also be awarded a Highly Commended AA Rosette too

A student-run restaurant in Orpington has received gold standard accreditation for the quality of food they produce and the level of service delivered.

London South East Colleges’ BR6 restaurant is the first college restaurant in London to be awarded a Highly Commended AA Rosette and a People First Gold Accreditation.

The AA College Rosette Scheme recognises food quality and service. Qualified AA hotel and restaurant inspectors carry out the visits and BR6 impressed in all areas of service, hospitality and kitchen management.

Colleges can only apply for an AA College Rosette if they have achieved People First Accreditation. The college’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College was awarded the Gold standard, recognising its training programmes and links with employers.

BR6 opened in 2015, and the BR6 Bakehouse, a cafe and shop version of the restaurant, opened in April, marked with a visit from Bake Off host Prue Leith.

Gary Farrelly, director of Career College, Hospitality Food and Enterprise, said: “This award is testament to the incredibly hard work put in by students and staff here at BR6 over the past two years.

“BR6 Restaurant has gone from strength to strength, topping the local Trip Advisor ratings and being consistently booked out for every service.

“The AA College Rosette recognises not only the high standard or food and service but also the quality of training we are offering the future generation of chefs and restauranteurs.”

Membership operations manager at People First, Andy Doyle, said: “The People First accreditation system recognises and celebrates excellence in the delivery of training and qualifications, and brings together employers and providers in partnership to help raise the professionalism of the hospitality industry.

“As a flag bearer for excellence in training delivery within our industry, London South East Colleges’ Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College‘s ability to produce well trained, well rounded and work ready individuals will ensure that we continue to grow as a sector.

“I offer my congratulations to both students and staff at the college on receiving these prestigious accolades. BR6 is an outstanding venture and I wish you all the very best going forward.”

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