For those of you that tend to eat out in Egerton I'm sure that food standards and hygiene are something that will come to mind at one point or another. Luckily Egerton food and drink outlets seem to be in very good hands and we can all sleep safe at night knowing that what we've been eating is prepared with care.
Each business is given a ‘hygiene rating’ when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.
When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, or a certificate on display, showing you the hygiene rating for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates at their premises in a place where you can easily see them when you visit.
The scheme is new. This means not all businesses in an area running the scheme will have a rating yet.
I have compiled a list from the 'Food Standards Agency' of the restaurants, pubs, hotels, schools and takeaways in Egerton for your peace of mind.
The Cross Guns: 3
Egerton CP School: 5
Egerton Out of School Club & Playgroup: 5
JJ's Restaurant: 3
Egerton Cricket Club: 3
The Thomas Egerton: 4
The Fruit Basket: 4
P & A Fairclough Butchers: 3
Lok's Fish n Chips: 2
Crabtree's Off Licence: 3
Egerton House Hotel: 4
Poppy Cafe and Deli: 3
The Masons Arms: 5
Walmsley C of E School: 5
Dunscar Arms: 4
0: Urgent improvement necessary
1: Major improvement necessary
2: Improvement necessary
3: Generally satisfactory
5: Very Good
The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:
At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.
The food safety officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve the top rating of '5'. The local authority will check that these improvements are made.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been designed to make sure that the ratings given to businesses are fair.