After flowers or chocolates, the next big question that’s usually on the agenda for Valentine’s Day is whether to go out to that romantic restaurant or enjoy a quiet meal in. Whatever your recipe for eating out or in this Valentine’s Day, make sure you choose one of the 95% of eateries in East Staffordshire with a rating of 3 or more.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on the hygiene standards found during unannounced inspections carried out by East Staffordshire Borough Council. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.
So, whether you’re reserving a table at that romantic hotspot, the cosy little café, or planning on ordering a takeaway to your way home for a romantic meal, make sure to check the hygiene rating first.
Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors. If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff in or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings or www.ratemyplace.org.uk for the full inspection report.
Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, Councillor Julia Jessel said: “Valentine’s Day is a busy time for local restaurants, cafes and pubs and with the majority of food businesses in the area rated 3 or above The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose to eat their romantic meals in places where food hygiene is taken seriously."
“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes. For local eateries, a good rating will be good for business during this busy time.
“We want everyone to enjoy their Valentine’s Day for the right reasons and not for an upset tummy.”
This Valentine’s Day, make sure you order the flowers, buy the chocolates AND check out the food hygiene rating of your favourite places to eat or order from at www.food.gov.uk/ratings