Valentine’s Day diners advised to avoid nasty surprises by checking restaurant ratings

Nearly 80% of food and drinks outlets in Watford have received top scores for hygiene – but Valentine’s Day diners are reminded to check these ratings before eating out.

Published: Wednesday, 10th February 2016

Nearly 80% of food and drinks outlets in Watford have received top scores for hygiene – but Valentine’s Day diners are reminded to check these ratings before eating out.

 

Environmental health officers from Watford Borough Council call unannounced to all food businesses across the town to check the food you buy and eat is safe. They are each rated zero to five, with five being the best score for food hygiene. Where businesses don’t score so well the council work with them to improve what they do. On very rare occasions where standards are very bad they, the council will take formal action to close the business or legally require that improvements be made.

 

If you want to know how your favourite places score you can check the rating of any catering establishment in the UK at the Food Standards Agency website. Most businesses will have the green and black sticker displayed in their window that shows their rating, but if you can’t see it then why not ask them how they rate?

 

Recent statistics showed that 60.3% of Watford’s food and drinks venues are rated ‘very good’ scoring 5 out of 5 with a further 18.6% scoring 4 and being rated ‘good’.

 

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We're so lucky to have excellent cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets in Watford. If you're looking to eat out in Watford and you're not sure where to go, you can always look at restaurants' food hygiene ratings to double check that what goes on in the kitchen is as appetising as what is on your plate. Although most places in Watford have good hygiene, sometimes it's nice to have a little reassurance."

 

Food hygiene inspections cover food preparation, cooking, cooling, storage, cleaning, pest control, facility maintenance, hand-washing facilities, staff awareness of hygiene rules and management procedures. For more information, visit this website.

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