Check your stars for a great night out
Date Added: 16/11/2015
If you are looking for a stellar night out then remember to check the stars before you book.
All businesses across Central Bedfordshire where people can eat or buy food – so everywhere from restaurants and pubs to sandwich shops and supermarkets – will have been given a food hygiene rating by the council.
The scores (five being highest, zero lowest) reflect how well businesses store, handle and prepare food – and many will display their star rating outside.
Now, to mark five years since the Food Hygiene Rating System was introduced nationally, the council is supporting a campaign by the Food Standards Agency to ‘look before you book’.
It runs for a week from Monday, 23 November and will highlight the importance of the scheme and how having a better rating can boost your business.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “You don’t want a meal out to leave you with a nasty taste in the mouth – or worse – so it’s always worth checking a venue’s star rating before you book.
“Having a higher star rating is win-win for businesses and customers. Diners will be confident that what they are eating has been prepared and cooked properly while a good score can definitely boost custom.”
On top of regular inspections, the council’s Food Safety team also runs an improvement programme for businesses rated 0-2 stars.
All businesses scoring in that bracket are invited to take part and of the 20 which took part in the last programme, eight improved to three stars, eight to four stars and four businesses to a five-star rating.
Cllr Spurr added: “Food hygiene inspections are not there to punish food businesses, but to make sure that they are carrying out procedures properly. That’s why, if they do score in the lower bracket then we look to help them improve.”
For more information about food hygiene, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/local-business. And to check a venue’s score, visit ratings www.food.gov.uk