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    A few worrying '1's nearby. Luckily my favourite Indian is a '4' so we're on for Saturday....

    The sandwich place that used to deliver to my old works got a '1'. Urgh.
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    Wow, that is a great site. Disturbing but great. The 'horrible' chinese near us gets a 5, our indian gets a 4, the pizza place gets a 5 and the 'nice' chinese gets a 1 :-S Eeep.

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    How bad is a '1'? It can't be dangerously bad, Shirly, or they'd close it down.....?

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    My local Chinese is a 2, is bl00dy lovely it is too

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    All that happens down our way is as soon as a outlet gets a poor health rating, the premises is "sold" onto a family member and then the operation starts again until next audit.

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    The Indian and Chinese that we use both get 5's so I am happy...

    ...OTOH the "advanced" search option on the site is rubbish!

    [edit]...but I am not surprised to see the places that get 1s around here![/edit]
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    I am surprised by the 1 rating for the 'nice' chinese - the food is lovely. The food from the 5-rated place is horrible. But I guess it's about food prep and storage and I can see how they might find the 'nice' chinese a bit dodgy - it's an 'open kitchen' meaning you can watch your food cooked 'live'. It's also TINY but having watched my food prepared, I don't have any complaints about the way they handle it so that rating did surprise me a lot. That being said I was also surprised by the 4 for the Indian. Pleased but surprised - the indian is LOVELY - best indian food I've ever eaten, but I can't say I've been overly impressed by the appearance of their staff tbh.

    I was also surprised to find that a very very popular indian restaurant in a lovely little village square near us got a 1!! Thats horrifying - it is supposedly a 'gourmet' restaurant. I WAS going there for my birthday meal but I think I've changed my mind now...

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    Just found a local Chinese has a 0 rating, I've always thought their chicken didn't taste much like chicken. Definitely will be bypassing for the one just up the road that has a 5 star rating.

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    Don't forget this rating is about hygiene only, it's not a reflection on the quality of food. I would suggest the dodgy chicken (is it weird and slimy?) has been boiled rather than pan fried - Asda curries use horrid boiled chicken and it's gross. Hygiene ratings and food flavour are totally separate. I was simply distinguishing between the two by virtue of our experiences of their food. It's also really interesting to look up popular and supposedly 'high end' places and find out they have terrible ratings (I'm still shocked and concerned about Veranda) meaning that kitchen hygiene, food prep and storage is poor. You'd have thought somewhere 'high end' would be more invested in keeping their kitchen hygiene to a high standard wouldn't you.

    It's a shame the reports aren't published. If you want them you have to make an FoI request to the LA which is a pain in the rear.

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    elsiegee40 if it helps the luton pizza express rating is 4/5 from the council. They have the sign up near their entrance. My boss treated us today and I saw it.

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    My local ice cream man got a 2.... but the ice creams are soooooooo good

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim
    elsiegee40 if it helps the luton pizza express rating is 4/5 from the council. They have the sign up near their entrance. My boss treated us today and I saw it.
    I'm not surprised

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    I can't find any of the places I normally visit, either local or in Central London. There are a lot missing. Even my current and previous school don't show up.

    Is it only showing hygiene reports from a short timeframe ago?

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    Having worked in catering A: its very easy to fool a Health inspector to give you 5* rating. and B: its actually very easy to be very good and get 1*. Essentially you have critiea to meet and if you fail the one for 1* (say at the time not having level 3/4 staff available). Then you can't go no further. I had it at a place where the boss had gone to get some change when the health inspector arrived and because he wasn't on site at the time we got 1*

    So don't trust everything you read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda
    Having worked in catering A: its very easy to fool a Health inspector to give you 5* rating. and B: its actually very easy to be very good and get 1*. Essentially you have critiea to meet and if you fail the one for 1* (say at the time not having level 3/4 staff available). Then you can't go no further. I had it at a place where the boss had gone to get some change when the health inspector arrived and because he wasn't on site at the time we got 1*

    So don't trust everything you read!
    However, where an establishment needs improvement, they will be reinspected within a fairly short time frame, I think. So it's always worth checking to make sure it has actually improved

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