Are you planning the perfect Valentine’s meal?

Press Release: 28/01/2015

Valentines Day

Planning the perfect Valentine’s meal can be stressful so the last thing you want to worry about is whether the venue you choose takes food hygiene seriously.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme means you can book with confidence.

Winchester City Council’s Environmental Health Team is urging you to ‘look before you book’ and check the food hygiene rating before deciding when you go out for a special meal such as Valentine’s Day.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Well-Being, said:  

When planning your special meal out, make sure you check the hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant that takes food hygiene seriously.

This is also an important time for local food businesses because a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. It matters to customers, so we are encouraging all businesses in our area to display their rating. The ratings are determined by our food safety officers and range from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating meaning very good food hygiene standards.

The truth is you cannot tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how romantic the décor and ambience is.

It is the things you cannot see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider. There is one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating. This tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses.

It is simple to check. Just go online to the Food Standard Agency’s website www.food.gov.uk/ratings and search under Winchester. Or if you are out and about look for the green and black sticker; if you can’t see one just ask the staff.

92% of food businesses nationally are rated a 3 or higher so there are plenty of places with good food hygiene standards you can choose from. This means you can easily avoid taking your special date to those places not meeting the grade.