Council urges Horsham restaurant-goers to check hygiene ratings for Christmas meals

Food Hygiene Rating (picture supplied by HDC).
Food Hygiene Rating (picture supplied by HDC).

Residents who are organising a Christmas meal at a restaurant with friends, family or colleagues should think about how seriously a restaurant owner takes its food hygiene according to Horsham District Council.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates eateries and other places that sell food on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by food safety officers from Horsham District Council’s Environmental Health team.

This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities, rates food outlets on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom, which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’, to a top rating of five , which means ‘very good’.

Sue Rogers (Con, Steyning), Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “If you are planning a celebratory Christmas gathering this year with family, friends or work colleagues at a local restaurant, pub or hotel, don’t just examine the menu, but make sure you also check what their hygiene rating is too.

“A high rating is recognition that the establishment is fully compliant with health and safety guidelines.”

Residents can check the rating online on the Government’s website, via a free phone app, or by looking for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.

For more information on what the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme means, visit the dedicated website, email call 01403 215403 to speak to a member of the council’s Environmental Health team.