A scheme to provide food hygiene ratings for restaurants in Daventry is marking its fifth anniversary and diners in the area are urged to make use of the scheme over the Christmas period.
First launched in November 2010, the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates eateries and other places that sell food on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Daventry District Council.
Businesses in the District are rated on a scale ranging from 0, which means urgent improvement is necessary, to a top rating of 5, which means ‘very good’.
In 2014/15, DDC rated 308 of the 827 eating establishments operating in the district, with 99 per cent of these achieved a rating of three stars or more.
However DDC’s Environmental Health Team still advises people to check a restaurant’s hygiene rating at www.food.gov.uk/ratings before booking - just to make sure it is isn’t among the 1 per cent.
People are also urged to look out for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.
Councillor Mike Warren, Health and Housing portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We are fortunate in Daventry District to have some excellent local restaurants, cafés and pubs and we work with them very closely to ensure hygiene standards are kept high. But it still makes sense to find out what food hygiene rating they have before booking.
“By checking the rating you can be reassured to know that that you’ve chosen a food business where they take food safety as seriously as you. And by voting with your feet you will encourage more businesses to strive to achieve this top rating.”