Revealed - the food hygiene ratings of takeaways, restaurants and catering facilities in Ipswich
17:33 24 February 2016
Nearly 75% of food outlets in Ipswich received top marks when inspectors visited but 38 require ‘major improvements’, we can reveal.
Food safety officers from Ipswich Borough Council routinely visit all 985 registered food businesses in the town, and results are published online as well as being displayed at the venues.
Rating range from zero to five and while a zero rating, which means ‘urgent’ improvements are needed, can shut an outlet down, a one means major improvement is needed.
The full five star rating means a premises is ‘very good’ in terms of hygiene and policy.
Of the 985 restaurants, cafes and shops selling hot food, 38 were given a one-star rating and one is currently awaiting a visit from the team.
Developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), hygiene ratings help consumers choose where they eat. Officers take into account food hygiene, structure and cleanliness, and confidence in management.
An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “When planning your special meal out, make sure you check the hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant that takes food hygiene seriously.
The food premises that scored a one rating
Asian & Afro Ent Ltd, 69 Carr Street, 16 November 2015
China City, 176B Felixstowe Road, 25 March 2015
City Grill, 24 Upper Orwell Street, 21 October 2015
Crash After School Club, Clifford Road Primary School, 9 February 2015
Daily Fresh, 43 Norwich Road, 19 November 2015
Delice, 20 Pownall Road, 25 November 2015
Favorite Chicken & Ribs, 169 Felixstowe Road, 23 April 2015
Favourite Grill, 130 Felixstowe Road, 11 February 2015
Fishers Butchers, 49 Garrick Way, 7 October 2015
Fresh Fry, 28 Grimwade Street, 28 September 2015
Golden Ship Inn, Cliff Road, 7 November 2013 – recently inspected and a new rating will be published soon
Hussain Brothers, 344 Nacton Road, 12 May 2015
Indian Palace, 39 Upper Orwell Street, 2 November 2015
Ipswich Grill House, 15 Tye Road, 4 March 2015
Ipswich Tandoori, 36 Dickens Road, 26 February 2015
Jamaican Snack, 12 Norwich Road, 4 February 2016
JSK Supermarket, 550-552 Spring Road, 15 September 2015
K. Singh & Sons, 201 Cauldwell Hall Road, 2 December 2013
Mamma Mia, 211 Clapgate Lane, 21 July 2015
Mr Soft, private address, 17 September 2013
New China, 51 Garrick Way, 3 September 2014
New Temptation, 70 Carr Street, 27 November 2015
Oriental Gourmet, 771 Woodbridge Road, 27 January 2016
Pick N Pay (Ipswich) Ltd, 65-67 Queens Way, 13 November 2015
Quality Catering, private address, 12 November 2013
Real Taste, 5 Old Foundry Road, 31 March 2015
Salami Deli, 24 Upper Brook Street, 22 October 2015
Sands Refreshments, Bourne Hill Wherstead Road, 20 January 2015
Sarnivores, 769 Woodbridge Road, 8 December 2015
Sonar Bangla, 37 Woodbridge Road, 3 December 2015
Stoke Off Licence, 65 Austin Street, 29 April 2014
Suffolk Grill, 39 Foxhall Road, 17 September 2015
Suffolk Halal, 11-13 Norwich Road, 20 January 2016
The Meeting Place, Community Centre Limerick Close, 16 January 2015
The Station Hotel, 2 Burrell Road, 18 September 2015
Zwe Ton, 99-101 Felixstowe Road, 23 April 2015
“For local food businesses a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. It matters to customers so we are encouraging all businesses in Ipswich to display their rating.”
However, a number of businesses given a one rating say the matter related to paperwork only.
Among those given one star is an after school club, which serves food to children at Clifford Road Primary.
But manager Karen Johnson said they still haven’t heard back from inspectors after they visited in January last year.
“When the inspectors came round the paperwork had only been sent to us a couple of days before and we hadn’t had time to look at it properly,” she said.
“We are still waiting for them to come back to give us a new rating – the paperwork was due by May last year and we still haven’t heard anything. The inspector said we would get four stars, which is a ‘good’ rating, if we had filled this out.”
The Station Hotel, which revamped its Burrell Road premises last year, also received a one-star rating.
Manager James Langan said: “We recently refurbished, becoming a food establishment as well as a drinking outlet. The inspector came around and gave us a one rating, but that was only because we hadn’t filled out paperwork.
“He booked a revisit and came back three weeks later, where he said we wouldn’t be able to have a reinspection for another six months. But he said we should have a five rating soon, and I hope it improves because I don’t want it to put people off.”
Businesses will be notified of their food hygiene score and rating after the inspection. Once notified, they will have 14 days to appeal, if they feel that the rating is unjust.
And by law, any premises serving food must display a green and black sticker showing their rating.
To see how your favourite restaurant, takeaway or caterer fared, visit the FSA website.