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Food hygiene ratings

The food hygiene rating scheme publishes ratings for food premises. It rates how hygienically the food is prepared, not the quality of food.

Venues nationwide ranging from restaurants, cafes, takeaways, delicatessens and shops to care homes, hotels and pubs are given a rating.

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Food hygiene rating system

Food safety officers give a rating based on a scoring system:

  • 5 - Very good
  • 4 - Good
  • 3 - Generally satisfactory
  • 2 - Improvement necessary
  • 1 - Major improvement necessary
  • 0 - Urgent improvement necessary

The rating represents the situation at the time of the inspection. It may not be representative of overall, long-term food hygiene standards of the business.

The Food Standards Agency sets out how food hygiene inspections are done based on the Food Law code of practice. Businesses are assessed on:

  • Hygiene (including food handling and temperature control)
  • Structure (including cleanliness, condition of structure, lighting, ventilation, washing facilities)
  • Confidence in management (including evidence of a satisfactory, documented food safety management system)

Change or improve a rating for your business

If you are a business and want to improve your food hygiene rating you can download a Food standards Agency pack from the Safer Food, Better business website. If you are unhappy with your rating you can either, appeal your food hygiene rating or request a revisit.

To request a revisit from the inspectors complete and return the form. 

Pay for your revisit through the online form.

Pay for your revisit

You can also add a message commenting on your rating or flag up any improvement work you have done since your last inspection, this is your 'right to reply'.