How clean is your favourite restaurant? Food hygiene ratings introduced at eateries throughout the Great Yarmouth borough

Food Hygiene Rating has been introduced in Great Yarmouth (Jan 2014) Food Hygiene Rating has been introduced in Great Yarmouth (Jan 2014)

Sunday, January 12, 2014
7:33 PM

Cafes, restaurants, schools and care homes are having their hygiene standards scored out of five to help customers choose where to eat.

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More than half of the venues rated so far have received the highest score, but six venues scored zero.

Eventually about 1,100 eligable food venues across the borough will be rated using the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which Great Yarmouth Borough Council signed up to this week replacing its own Star Award scheme.

So far, environmental health officers have visited 309 businesses.

Six scored zero - ‘urgent improvement necessary’; 14 scored one - ‘major improvement necessary’; 10 scored two - ‘improvement necessary’; 17 scored three - ‘generally satisfactory’; 110 scored four - ‘good’; and 152 received the top rating of five - ‘very good’.

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The six venues that currently have a zero rating are: Coffee Plus in Hemsby and in Yarmouth, Lucky Star in St Peters Road, Midland Hotel in Wellesley Road, Princes Restaurant in Regent Road, Sea Chef Britannia Pier in Marine Parade and The Avenue Public House in Beatty Road.

As well as being available to view on the Food Standard Agency’s website and their free phone app, the food businesses are being encouraged to display ratings, which can be updated if venues request inspections, on a distinctive green and black sticker.

The borough council said it will now work with the venues that scored two or less to improve the hygiene standards and ensure they produce safe food. If they don’t, the council will take enforcement action.

Councillor Val Pettit, the borough council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “The primary purpose of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is to enable consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food and, through this, to encourage businesses to compete to improve hygiene standards.

“The borough council has a dedicated team of environmental health officers who routinely visit food businesses and give advice to ensure their environment and practices both comply with legislation and the higher standards we expect in the Great Yarmouth borough.

“The team’s goal is to ensure all food is safe to eat - and I am delighted that nearly 90 per cent of premises inspected so far have scored three or more stars. However, it is very useful for customers, when choosing somewhere to eat or buy food, to be able to quickly look up hygiene ratings of any given venue, before they make a choice.

“And the fact we have joined the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme means the many visitors to Great Yarmouth each year will be able to directly compare the standards of local venues with those outside of the borough.”

Check ratings online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings or download the free Food Standard Agency app for smartphones.

11 comments

  • This is all very well, however, how often are these premises going to be checked? Five stars now is fine, but, in 18 months time it could be a very different story leading us all into a false sense of security.

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    Lynda

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • That link appears to be broken

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    A M

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • We eat out in town once a month at The Market Row Cafe opposite Brahams Clothes shop. The food is excellent, the service excellent, the owner, his wife and the staff are all friendly and most importantly, the food is value for money. The also have the 5 food hygiene rating. Great place.

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    Spooky

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Local government at its' best,protecting the public and enforcing that protection where necessary.Making sure premises safe places to eat can only attract visitors.Of course,it should not be forgotten the rating policy emanated from Norwich.Another first for our Fine City.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Rather surprised we did not already have this system in place. Brilliant concept and lets see the app online so we can all share the imformation easily. Hygene and public health is vital.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • That the borough will help business that scored 2 or less is a lie though I suspect, because there are many in Norwich with appalling scores who continue to trade with NO enforcement action at all. Very disappointing and makes the whole thing a waste.

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    User Removed

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Still, it gives work for the otherwise unemployable council jobsworths.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • ".....gives work for the otherwise unemployable council jobsworths....". Well , you could find better employment yourself John rather than spend your day trolling on here under a variety of names.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Excellent scheme which has been implemented elsewhere in the country. I wonder if every eaterie will be visited though, including the many immigrant frequented sites and the fast food establishments?

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    wes1975

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • there been a star system in place for a number of years in town.

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    calmudownboy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • V, you must have asbestos in your stomach. Nobody else wants food poisoning and this is a great scheme that has already been in place for many years in Norwich. You are welcome to spin in your coffin chanting Nu-LABOR under your breath, whilst the rest of us enjoy safe food.

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    Monday, January 13, 2014

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