South Kesteven District Council’s plea to eat at good restaurants

South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham
South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham
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A council has urged residents to choose restaurants with good hygiene ratings for their Christmas meals.

South Kesteven District Council inspects food businesses and gives out hygiene ratings from zero to five.

Zero means urgent improvement is necessary, while five is very good.

The council wants residents to eat at restaurants with a rating of at least three during the festive period.

Portfolio holder for healthy environment John Smith (Con) said: “Christmas is a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs, with the majority of food businesses in the area rated three 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.”

Of the 965 cafes and restaurants in the district, 684 have the top rating of five, 154 have a rating of four and 77 have a rating of three.

Twenty-two have a rating of two, 26 have a rating of one and just one has a rating of zero.

Head of the food hygiene ratings scheme at the Food Standards Agency Catriona Stewart 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 in the kitchen and behind the scenes.”