Food hygiene rating scheme

The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) was developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It gives information on food hygiene standards to help people choose where to eat or shop for food.

You can look up the ratings on the Food Standards Agency website. The scores are given at the time of the last inspection and changes may have taken place since this visit.

Premises given a rating include restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, care homes, schools and supermarkets as well as any other business where people can eat or buy food.

Inspections

An authorised council officer will do the inspection and look at:

  • how hygienically food is handled – eg safe food preparation and procedures including cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage
  • the condition of the premises – eg cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how food safety is managed and documented. The officer also looks at the premises history and confidence in management to improve/maintain standards

Once a business has been rated they will be given a certificate to display, although they don’t have to.

The scores vary from 0 to 5 with 5 being very good.

A business can appeal the food hygiene rating they have been given by downloading an FHRS appeal form, printing, completing and uploading it using our general enquiries online form.

A business also has the right to reply in respect of the food hygiene rating they have been given by downloading an FHRS right to reply form, printing, completing and uploading it using our general enquiries online form.

Charges for revisits

A charge of £185.00 applies for FHRS revisit requests received after 1 April 2019. In line with guidance produced by the Food Standards Agency, there is no limit on the number of rescore visits a business can ask for. The 3 month standstill no longer applies.

A business can apply for a revisit by downloading an FHRS revisit application form, printing, completing and uploading it using our general enquiries online form.

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