Check out food hygiene ratings in Stevenage this Christmas

13 Nov 2015

Planning a Christmas meal out with family, friends or work colleagues can be a challenge but before you book one of our local restaurants or order your takeaway, visit Stevenage Borough Council’s website to check the food hygiene rating.

The council, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, runs the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which allows residents to check an online database to find out how hygienic restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaways are.

Environmental Health inspectors visit different premises throughout the year and assess them on three areas: food hygiene, structure and cleanliness, and confidence in management. Each area is then given its own rating on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom, which requires urgent improvement, to a top rating of five, which is very good. Their rating does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of service. As part of the scheme, food businesses are given a window sticker showing the rating achieved.

Councillor Sherma Batson, Executive Member for Safer Communities and Equalities, said: “It’s that time of year again when our local restaurants, pubs and takeaway shops are inundated with Christmas bookings. The festive period is a time for nice surprises not nasty ones so I would encourage people to check the hygiene ratings as well as the menu before booking.”

Check the ratings online at