Look before you book this Valentine’s Day with food hygiene ratings for restaurants in Norwich

Valentine's Day diners are being urged to check food hygiene ratings. Stock Picture: Archant

Valentine's Day diners are being urged to check food hygiene ratings. Stock Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Valentine's Day diners in Norwich are being advised to 'look before you book' and check food hygiene ratings before deciding where to take their date.

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The Food Standards Agency, supported by the city council, is urging people to take a look at the latest inspection reports, which we have made available in a table.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FSA) rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by the council's food safety officers. Businesses are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means 'urgent improvement necessary' to a top rating of 5 which is 'very good'.

So, whether you're reserving a table at a romantic restaurant, cosy café, or planning on ordering a takeaway, make sure you choose a business that takes care of its kitchen before tucking in.

Cllr Paul Kendrick, cabinet member with responsibility for food safety at Norwich City Council, said: 'We're lucky to have such a thriving restaurant scene in Norwich, and it makes sense to check the hygiene of a venue before eating there.

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'With 96pc of food businesses in Norwich currently rated at a 3 or above, we know our officers' hard work is really helping to raise and maintain standards across the city.

'Checking ratings online is easy, and you can also see the inspection that led a restaurant's score.'

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According to the FCA, businesses that score zero tend to have a history of serious problems and are likely to be performing poorly in the three areas food safety officers inspect, which are how hygienically food is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, the cleanliness, layout, lighting and ventilation of the building and the systems in place to make sure food is safe for consumption.

• You can view the full reports via your local district council website.