Read this article by Community Reporter Haleema Saheed
A BRADFORD community café has retained its five-star status after an unannounced inspection earlier this week.
Gateway Centre on Thackeray Road, Ravenscliffe, Bradford, was given a five-star hygiene rating by the Environmental Health department on June 8, 2023.
This came after a thorough inspection of the café and food preparation area, to make sure everything was up to standard.
Centre Manager – Matt Henderson, Manuel Shah – Chairman, Brenda Wilkinson – Cafe Co-ordinator and Ebony Taylor – Community Development officer. Image: Newsquest
Matt Henderson, Centre Manager, said: “We’re really glad that we managed to retain our five-star rating.
“It was definitely a thorough inspection and, on a day, when we only had one staff member working the community café.”
“We didn’t know the inspection was going to take place, but it all went smoothly.
The café offers low-cost meals to people in the Ravenscliffe area which has been described as one of the most ‘deprived’ areas in the country.
This café is part of a community hub that offers people in the area support on finance, jobs and hopes to create long-term change in the area by tackling poverty and disadvantages.
Mr Henderson added: “We do a lot for the community and we want to help them.
“We get 20 to 30 people using the café everyday, with at least 100 people a day visiting the centre, so it is well used.