With so many delicious dining options to choose from in Norwich this Valentine’s Day, the message to local love birds is: remember to ‘look before you book.’
There’s nothing romantic about food poisoning and the last thing you want on your mind before that special date is whether the place you choose is hygienic or not.
You can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy their staff look or by how romantic the ambience is. But it is easy to check a venue’s approach to food safety by their Food Hygiene Rating, published on Norwich City Council’s website.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme 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.
Cllr Paul Kendrick, cabinet member with responsibility for food safety, 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.
“With 96% 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.”
It’s really easy to check. Just visit our food safety pages or check for the green and black sticker when you’re out and about; if you can’t see one just ask the business.