If you wish to carry out any ‘food operations’ in the course of your accommodation business, you must register your premises with your local council’s environmental health department. You must do so at least 28 days before your business opens.
Food operations include selling, cooking, storing, handling, preparing and distributing food and drink.
If you’re serving food to your guests, you also need to insure that you comply with other relevant regulations relating to food safety, hygiene and labelling. Find detailed information on each below.
- food hygiene – an overview - store food correctly ensuring good hygiene and comply with health standards
- food law and enforcement - an introduction for food business operators to food law and food hygiene laws, and how they are enforced
- labelling food products - an introduction for food businesses to the UK and European Union regulations on food labelling
- catering for your business - food safety and best practice for food businesses, including ideas for healthier catering
If you wish to sell alcohol on your premises, you will need a licence. See alcohol licensing.