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Make your Valentine’s meal out memorable for the right reasons – look before you book

Planning a special meal out for Valentine’s Day this year? Arranging the perfect date is stressful enough without having to worry about how clean the kitchen is at the restaurant you’re about to book. Online reviews can help you choose, but don’t forget to check the hygiene rating before you book and eat out. 

February 13th, 2018

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Shared Regulatory Services across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.   

With over 6,000 food businesses across the region, there is a huge range of choice for diners. The latest statistics show that 56% have a 5 rating, whilst 14 businesses have a ZERO rating.

So, whether you’re going for a grand gesture and reserving a table somewhere special, or planning on ordering a takeaway for a romantic meal in, make sure you know the hygiene rating first.

Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors, which is a legal requirement here in Wales. If you can’t find the sticker, then ask a member of staff or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings. If you find a premises not displaying their food hygiene rating, please report it to Shared Regulatory Services.

Takeaways must also provide information about their food hygiene rating on their flyers / menus.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Chair of the joint committee for Shared Regulatory Services commented: “Valentine’s Day is a busy time for our local restaurants, takeaways, cafes and pubs. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose their romantic meal in places where food hygiene is taken seriously. 

“A good food hygiene score is something to be proud of, and it is pleasing to know that 83% of businesses across the Food Hygiene Ratingregion have either a 4 or 5 star rating. But there are businesses out there that have no regard for hygiene compliance or the safety of its customers and we will continue to tackle those that insist on putting public health at risk.”

Richard Bowen, Interim Director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, said: “You can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by its website or by how romantic the ambience is. But the Food Hygiene Rating tells you what’s going on behind the scenes, so you should factor that in when deciding where to eat for Valentine’s Day.”Businesses across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are able to request two hour food hygiene advice visits by our experienced Environmental Health Practitioners if they need a helping hand in getting things right in the kitchen. Please call 0300 123 6696 or email businessadvice-srswales@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk to discuss.