Food safety scores to see on website
ASHFORD council is urging anyone eating out over the festive season to check out its Scores on the Doors ratings first.
The system allows diners to examine the food safety ratings of hundreds of restaurants, pubs, cafes, bistros and other dining venues across the borough.
The council says Scores on the Doors allows the public to check the cleanliness and hygiene of both sit-down and takeaway venues.
Ashford council’s environmental health officers inspect 730 food businesses throughout the borough and give premises a star rating using three criteria – food safety and hygiene, structure and management competency – and give their results ranging from zero stars for the poorest performers to five stars for the best.
All ratings are published on the Scores on the Doors website and businesses are encouraged to display a sticker with their star ratings. Almost 90 per cent of the borough’s food businesses are now three star (good) and above, with almost 22 per cent rated five star (excellent).
Among the borough’s five-star eateries is Footprints Cafe and Bistro at the Singleton Environment Centre, whose manager, Jessica Karp, said: “We are committed to continue to keep up our high standards. We also use the Scores on the Doors website facility to display a photo of the business and our website address. It’s a great marketing tool and we encourage other businesses to do the same.”
Chart Hills Golf Club in Biddenden is another five-star venue and Clean Food Award winner.
Head chef Jason Wearns said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved and pleased that our hard work and dedication to high standards is recognised and available to our customers. Scores on the Doors, together with the Clean Food Award, gives that extra confidence to customers.”
For more information visit www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk
Staff at the Footprints Cafe and Bistro at the Singleton Environment Centre