Eat Safe from Hollybush House

Eat SafeHollybush House, a treatment centre for ex-Service men and women with mental health conditions, has joined an elite list of premises that have earned an Eat Safe Award for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety.

Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities, visited Head Chef John Wilson and his team who are responsible for this achievement, to offer his congratulations and present them with their Eat Safe Award.

Councillor Cook said: “Only three premises in East Ayrshire have earned an Eat Safe Award from Food Standards Scotland. Lochside House Hotel and the Chip Box in Stewarton have held the award for many years now.

“However, Hollybush House is the first premises in ten years to receive this award, which is a remarkable achievement. Combat Stress do great work with veterans at Hollybush House and the residents deserve the best quality food to help their recovery and it is important for them to know that their food is safe.

“I was delighted to meet John and the team to congratulate them personally and present them with their award.”

John Wilson, Head Chef at Hollybush House, one of three treatment centres run by the Veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, said: “A huge thank you on behalf of my hard-working team, without who I wouldn’t have achieved this award.

“I am proud to have been part of the Combat Stress team for the last 14 years. More and more we are aware of how a healthy diet leads to a healthy mind and body, which is so important in the recovery of our Veterans. Just one of the ways we have implemented a culture of healthy eating is by introducing a salad bar at mealtimes, which has been really popular.”

The Eat Safe award provides an incentive to food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those that are required by law. For people eating in these establishments, it is sign of excellence in standards of food hygiene. It gives people extra confidence in the food they are served.

The Eat Safe Award sits in parallel with the Food Hygiene Information Scheme which rates hygiene standards against legal requirements. The Eat Safe Award recognises businesses that have achieved standards over and above the legal requirements.

Environmental Health Services assess premises for the award as part of scheduled hygiene inspections. For further information please contact 01563 553520 or email

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