£1.2 million Wayne Walker Quality Meats gets four hygiene rating

Wayne Walker butcher's shop reverses its poor hygiene rating

Karl Heyes outside the Bolton store

Karl Heyes, general manager at Wayne Walkers Quality Meats, and staff celebrate achieving the store’s four star hygiene rating

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

THE boss of a Bolton butchers shop is celebrating after being awarded a four rating by the town’s food hygiene inspectors.

Wayne Walker Quality Meat Sales was given the score out of a possible five when Bolton Council’s officers visited the Bradshawgate outlet on Friday, April 11.

Bosses of the shop were stunned when they were given a zero rating after the previous visit, on October 28, 2013, when inpspectors found that the same piece of equipment had been used for both raw and ready-to-eat food.

General manager Ian Wallbanks said this was a result of an individual human error and stringent training procedures had been put in place to make sure it never happened again.

He added: “We are delighted that, that after this latest visit, our hygiene standards have been found to be excellent.

“Everyone has worked really hard to make sure we meet the highest possible standards and everything is pristine.

“The training mechanisms we have put in place have proved to be invaluable and every one of our 30 members of staff have passed with flying colours.”

Mr Wallbanks admitted that bosses of the Midlands-based company had considered closing the Bolton shop following the zero rating.

He said: “I put 30 jobs and a significant level of investment at risk.

“But I am happy to say that is now behind us and that the backing we have received from our customers has been outstanding.”

Wayne Walker Quality Meat Sales opened in Manchester Road in May last year.

The £1.2 million butchery shop employs local people and is located at the site of the former World of Fashion store.

Ian Wallbanks, general manager, said: “All the staff at Wayne Walkers have worked really hard to achieve this hygiene Rrating with all staff completing and passing courses in food hygiene principles.

"Wayne Walkers have been serving the people of Bolton for over 20 years now and will continue to do so with the highest of hygiene practices.

“Offering good quality meats and amazing value to the people of Bolton and surrounding areas. Wayne Walker and all the staff are very proud of this store and if any member of the public would like to visit us and take a look at how we run behind the scenes with a full store visit they are more than welcome.”

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10:55am Tue 22 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

I shop here and to be honest it does appeal to people wanting to save £££ but they really need to sell more less fatty meat and then they will become a far more popular shop. the pork steaks are good but you do have to check the box for any rogue fatty ones hidden underneath. The beef steak would fly off the shelves if they sold better cuts with less fat. Think of ALDI and how well they've done... quality at a good price means more thru the doors. But I shop here rather than the market as it is a clean open place and it shows the clean regularly
I shop here and to be honest it does appeal to people wanting to save £££ but they really need to sell more less fatty meat and then they will become a far more popular shop. the pork steaks are good but you do have to check the box for any rogue fatty ones hidden underneath. The beef steak would fly off the shelves if they sold better cuts with less fat. Think of ALDI and how well they've done... quality at a good price means more thru the doors. But I shop here rather than the market as it is a clean open place and it shows the clean regularly itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 7

11:21am Tue 22 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

I've never been in, however, itsnotthatbad's description of the meat on offer has confirmed my expectations and will continue to keep me away, clean or not.
I've never been in, however, itsnotthatbad's description of the meat on offer has confirmed my expectations and will continue to keep me away, clean or not. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: -3

1:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Albinosupport says...

Extremely good value for money if shopping for a family who don't like junk food like my family. The staff are very friendly and the service is fantastic.
Extremely good value for money if shopping for a family who don't like junk food like my family. The staff are very friendly and the service is fantastic. Albinosupport
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

chris25 says...

celebrating ,it should go without saying cleanliness and hygiene in these kind of places should be of paramount importance.wonder if my husband will celebrate with me because i cleaned bathroom and kitchen today you know.
celebrating ,it should go without saying cleanliness and hygiene in these kind of places should be of paramount importance.wonder if my husband will celebrate with me because i cleaned bathroom and kitchen today you know. chris25
  • Score: 11

2:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Hectoriva says...

Sometimes you can pay good money but end up with cheap meat, you NEVER pay cheap money for good meat! I was shocked by the quality of the meat I bought on my 1 & only visit, never again
Sometimes you can pay good money but end up with cheap meat, you NEVER pay cheap money for good meat! I was shocked by the quality of the meat I bought on my 1 & only visit, never again Hectoriva
  • Score: 8

2:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

The meat isnt the best quality but it is generally on a par with supermarket stuff.

Im not really into all that flavoured MSG stuff they seem to do lots of... If I want flavour I'll add it at home!

And whats with all the **** that they seem to sell off as food for kids! My parents often went without to give the kids the better stuff, it seems the wrong way around!

That said I do buy the odd thing from Walker, but i was on the whole disappointed. I went in expecting to spend £100 and spent £20.
The meat isnt the best quality but it is generally on a par with supermarket stuff. Im not really into all that flavoured MSG stuff they seem to do lots of... If I want flavour I'll add it at home! And whats with all the **** that they seem to sell off as food for kids! My parents often went without to give the kids the better stuff, it seems the wrong way around! That said I do buy the odd thing from Walker, but i was on the whole disappointed. I went in expecting to spend £100 and spent £20. atlas123
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Hopefully someone from theres reading this !! it does appeal to people on budgets so they have more £££ to spend on drink and fags, but they'd get more people in if did better cuts. Cant sell 3 8oz sirloin steak for £15 and 16oz of it is fat on the middle, when asda sell 2x 8oz sirloin for £8...
Hopefully someone from theres reading this !! it does appeal to people on budgets so they have more £££ to spend on drink and fags, but they'd get more people in if did better cuts. Cant sell 3 8oz sirloin steak for £15 and 16oz of it is fat on the middle, when asda sell 2x 8oz sirloin for £8... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 4

4:38pm Tue 22 Apr 14

breightmet kid says...

Since when has Wayne Walker had a shop on Manchester Road? Surely its on Bradshawgate
Since when has Wayne Walker had a shop on Manchester Road? Surely its on Bradshawgate breightmet kid
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

underwater says...

If you want really good meat try my local butcher " Thornbers" on Chorley Old Road. Great meat , good prices and great sevice. And its clean as well.
If you want really good meat try my local butcher " Thornbers" on Chorley Old Road. Great meat , good prices and great sevice. And its clean as well. underwater
  • Score: 8

9:33am Wed 23 Apr 14

fisherman1959 says...

We have shopped there and was very pleased with the meat we bought and the one slip up that gave them a zero rating I think was a bit harsh when you look at how clean the place is. I have been in lots of places and thought they were dirty and not well kept and they have not got a zero rating. Nice to see they have turned that zero rating round even tho it did not stop us shopping there.
We have shopped there and was very pleased with the meat we bought and the one slip up that gave them a zero rating I think was a bit harsh when you look at how clean the place is. I have been in lots of places and thought they were dirty and not well kept and they have not got a zero rating. Nice to see they have turned that zero rating round even tho it did not stop us shopping there. fisherman1959
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Wed 23 Apr 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Do all shops that 'have a bit of a clean up' get a free ad in the BN then?
Do all shops that 'have a bit of a clean up' get a free ad in the BN then? LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
I've never been in, however, itsnotthatbad's description of the meat on offer has confirmed my expectations and will continue to keep me away, clean or not.
I also have never been in therefore I do not think my opinion would be valuable or relevant !!!
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: I've never been in, however, itsnotthatbad's description of the meat on offer has confirmed my expectations and will continue to keep me away, clean or not.[/p][/quote]I also have never been in therefore I do not think my opinion would be valuable or relevant !!! Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

underwater wrote:
If you want really good meat try my local butcher " Thornbers" on Chorley Old Road. Great meat , good prices and great sevice. And its clean as well.
Yum yum xx
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: If you want really good meat try my local butcher " Thornbers" on Chorley Old Road. Great meat , good prices and great sevice. And its clean as well.[/p][/quote]Yum yum xx Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

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