An Aylesbury takeaway which was ‘named and shamed’ in the Daily Mail for having appalling standards was actually given a “good” food hygiene rating just weeks ago.
Chicken Cottage in Cambridge Street was named in the paper last week in a list of restaurants with poor hygiene compiled by health and safety firm Tutorcare.
When the Food Standards Agency (FSA) visited Chicken Cottage in September 2012 it gave it a score of 0, the lowest food hygiene rating achievable.
But what readers were not told is that the takeaway was given a fresh inspection on August 17 of this year and achieved a ‘good’ four out of five rating.
It has also come under new management and current boss Naim Sheikh, 55, said: “The food I serve at this restaurant is some of the best that you will get in Aylesbury.
“I am not worried about the competition I face and I would challenge anyone to try the food.
“The problems in relation to labelling food that were mentioned in last year’s report no longer exist here. Food is now delivered fresh every day from professional supppliers.”
Mr Sheikh added that he had 30 years experience in running similar businesses and was confident of restoring Chicken Cottage’s reputation.
He said: “I have heard about this report in the Daily Mail but I have not seen it myself.
“I am not bothered about it. What they have written and what they would see if they came here today are two different things.”
Chicken Cottage was also named ‘Most Disgusting Chain’ by Tutorcare, which reached that conclusion by adding up the results of every inspected branch for each brand and dividing the score by the number of branches to give an average rating.