Eating local? The recipe for a great meal out this Christmas

xmasGood company, great food, Christmas crackers and all the trimmings are usually the ingredients for a great meal out during the festive season. But what about the food hygiene rating?

Whatever your recipe for eating out this Christmas, make sure you choose one of the 91% of eateries in Blaby District with a rating of 3 or more.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Blaby District Council. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.

Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors to find out how businesses in the area are doing. If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services, said:

“Christmas is a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs with the majority of local food places rated 3 or above. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose to eat out in places where food hygiene is taken seriously.”

Catriona Stewart, Head of Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the Food Standards Agency, said:

“The scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes. For local eateries a good rating will be good for business during the festive season.”

This Christmas make sure one of your ingredients for a great night out is a good hygiene rating.

Before you book, check out the food hygiene rating of your favourite places to eat at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

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