Make more of food hygiene ratings
ALL establishments selling food are inspected by the local authority under a national scheme. At present, it is voluntary, but is soon to be made compulsory.
The Foods Standards Agency awards one to five stars and issues a sticker to display on the door or window. This used to be called ‘Scores on the doors’.
In practice, it means that any restaurant with a low score hides the fact, and anyone with four or five stars shows the green sticker.
I now look for a sticker before going into a restaurant, and no doubt other people do as well. Why am I telling you? Because articles about pubs, hotels, restaurants, etc, are often printed. Their Food Hygiene Rating should be mentioned, and if it is not good, this would be an incentive for them to improve.