Food safety scores to see on web­site

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.scoreson­the­do­

Staff at the Foot­prints Cafe and Bistro at the Sin­gle­ton En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre

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