Norwich’s Rooftop Gardens celebrates drastically improved food hygiene rating

Rooftop Gardens, Norwich Picture: Charlotte Williams

Rooftop Gardens, Norwich Picture: Charlotte Williams - Credit: Archant

The owner of the city's first rooftop bar and restaurant is 'thrilled' that their food hygiene rating has gone from 'major improvement necessary' to 'good' in just two months.

The Rooftop Gardens, located at the top of the Union Building on Rose Lane, was rocked by a one-star rating in November, just a month after it opened.

Whilst cleanliness and the condition of the facilities and building was ranked 'good', food handling and management of food safety were marked as 'major improvement necessary.'

But just two months after the disappointing report the popular restaurant, which offers 360 degree panoramic views of the city, is now celebrating a four star rating after a return visit from Norwich City Council on January 13.

They shared the news on their Twitter and Facebook page and thanked the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for their support.

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Antonia Hillier, owner of Rooftop Gardens, said: 'We are thrilled to announce that following our most recent Food Hygiene visit we have achieved a four star rating.

'Our assessor Vicky was impressed with rigorous measures we have taken to ensure that our hygiene levels are well above the recommendations set out by the Food Standards Agency.

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'We were advised that we are currently performing to a five star standard, however policy doesn't allow a rating to increase from one to five instantly.

'Therefore we have requested a third inspection, which will be carried out within the next three months.

'We would like to take this opportunity to thank the FSA for their advice and support.'

The Rooftop Gardens recently welcomed Andrew Clegg as their new head chef who has extensive catering experience across Norfolk, including the Recruiting Sergeant in Horstead and The Last Wine Bar in Norwich.

In the report Environmental Health Officer at Norwich City Council Vicky Ellis, said: 'Food hygiene standards are high. You demonstrated a very good standard of compliance with legal requirements.

'You have safe food handling practices and procedures and all the necessary control measures to prevent cross-contamination are in place.'

The full report will be available on the council website in the next 30 days.

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