Families eating out during the Christmas period are being advised by the district council to check food hygiene standards of the restaurants and pubs they are using.
The Bucks Herald reported that The Best Kebab and Fish Bar in High Street was given a ‘zero out of five’ hygiene rating by the district council last month, which meant urgent improvements were necessary.
But the most recent inspections in Aylesbury have been far more positive with Al Dente Italian takeaway in Edison Road receiving a ‘good’ rating of four and The Aristocrat pub, in Wendover Road, receiving a ‘very good’ rating of five.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “We champion the food hygiene rating scheme because it makes it easy for us all to make well-informed decisions about where food hygiene is taken seriously.”
Although 30 food businesses in Aylesbury have received a hygiene rating of ‘improvement necessary’ or worse, 74% of all Vale restaurants, pubs and takeaways have been rated as ‘satisfactory’ or better.
Manager of The Aristocrat pub Val Batey said achieving a good hygiene rating made sound business sense.
She added: “After the last inspection, I asked what I needed to do to get five stars and so I made sure I did that but it was mainly about keeping records.”
Dominic Tommasone, 43, business partner of Al Dente, said: “We cook everything from fresh and clean up as we go so it’s not hard to keep the place in order.”
Catriona Stewart, head of the food hygiene ratings team at the Food Standards Agency said the scheme is a ‘great tool’ for choosing where to enjoy a special meal over Christmas.
Green and black food hygiene rating stickers on windows and doors of a premises display its rating but if it is not visible, ask staff or check ratings online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings