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The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards.

It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times.

Ratings are based on:

  • The handling of food
  • How food is stored
  • How food is prepared
  • Cleanliness of facilities
  • How food safety is managed

A business is then given a rating from 0-5. When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a window sticker displayed at the food premises; this shows the hygiene rating for that business.

Rating Performance Level
5 Very good
4 Good
3 Generally satisfactory
2 Improvement Necessary
1 Major improvement necessary
0 Urgent improvement necessary

The food hygiene rating scheme does not provide information on:

  • The Quality of the food
  • Customer service
  • Culinary skill
  • Presentation
  • Comfort

If a food business (for example a café, restaurant, canteen or supermarket) has been given a food hygiene rating, you can search for it using the link below.

Last updated 21 May 2020
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