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Beer & Cellar Hygiene Audit

Our Beer & Cellar Hygiene Audit programme (BCHA; previously known as “Scores on the Cellar Doors”) is designed to improve standards in pub cellars and recognise excellence. We carry out an 11 point audit covering stock rotation, beer line cleanliness, equipment maintenance, glasswashing cleanliness and hygiene, amongst other things. A star rating is then given to the pub ranging from one to five, with four or five stars being the goal for all pubs. Currently, about 66% of pubs achieve this- will you be one of them?

There is a very strong link between the condition that a cellar is kept in and the quality of actual beer in the glass and this is illustrated in Fig 1 , which compares BCHA results against results of our Cask Marque ‘Beer in the Glass’ audits. Pubs scoring five stars in the audit pass their Cask Marque beer check 98% of the time, while those scoring an ‘okay’ three star rating pass 86% of the time.

Benefits of Beer & Cellar Hygiene Audits for pubs and customers:

  • Identify & improve poor practices
  • Recognise & acknowledge success
  • Maximise yields (+8%) and sales (+2%)
  • On-site training
  • Training support with 4/5 star objective
  • Benchmarking

What does an audit cost?

If we can twin in the BCHA visit with a regular Cask Marque beer inspection (every 6 months) then the cost is £30 + VAT. If we have to make a special visit to the pub just for the BCHA audit then the cost is £70 + VAT.

For this you get:

  1. Comprehensive cellar audit
  2. One-to-one training during the audit
  3. Summary and action plan at the end
  4. Benchmarking against the industry (corporate customers)
  5. Appear on bcha.uk
  6. Receive a BCHA window sticker if you achieve a 4* or 5* rating
  7. Better beer!

Fig 1: Correlation between beer quality (Cask Marque) and cellar hygiene (BCHA)

Fig 1: Correlation between beer quality (Cask Marque) and cellar hygiene (BCHA)

Find out more about Beer & Cellar Hygiene Audits

Download the audit form

Companies participating in our Beer & Cellar Hygiene Audit scheme include:


  • Arkells
  • Bermondsey Pub Co
  • Brakspear – Managed
  • Butcombe
  • Falcon (Punch)
  • Greene King Managed


  • Harveys – Managed
  • Haven
  • Hippo Inns
  • Hook Norton Managed
  • Hydes
  • Joseph Holt


  • JW Lees
  • Lancaster Brewery
  • Liberation Group
  • Market Town Taverns
  • Marston’s
  • Remarkable Restaurants


  • Stonegate
  • Thwaites Inns of Character
  • Timothy Taylor
  • Upham Brewery
  • White Brasserie

View BCHA results in your area

Other items in our Grain to Glass Program: