Join the VisitEngland Taste Scheme


About the Taste Scheme

The VisitEngland taste scheme recognises businesses which offer the warmest of welcomes and excellent customer service, alongside high quality food and drink.

It is suitable for all types of food business, from fine dining to fast food.  Whether you’re a pub, café, tearoom or takeaway, a Taste Accolade could be awarded.

The scheme is open to any business offering food, including catering within other businesses, such as a cafe in a hotel or visitor attraction. The scheme assesses against statutory requirements, the physical dining experience, staff and food and drink.

There are two levels of accreditation:

  • Taste Accolade, for those passing the criteria with a score of 60-79%, and
  • Taste Gold Accolade, for those achieving a high pass of 80%+.


There is also a Local Food Accolade, available to any business using and promoting local ingredients and suppliers, nominated by assessors.

Download a Taste Scheme application form

Download the Taste Scheme criteria and standards

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