Of all the hundreds of takeaways, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and food shops in Chorley just one has been given the worst hygiene rating of all - zero stars.
Today we reveal the standards inspections of all the food establishments across the town.
Bosses at Shanghai Express in Preston Road have been told they must make changes after being given a zero rating in the latest round of inspections.
Owners at the takeaway were not able to comment.
A further 25 places across the town have been given just one star.
Zero is given to businesses that need to make urgent improvements and full marks are given to the places deemed ‘very good’.
Inspectors gave 11 places a two star rating, 90 places a three starting rating, 136 places a four star rating and 434 a top rating of five stars.
Places given a one star rating included the award-winning Camerons Restaurant at Birkacre Garden Centre, Greenways Rest Home and the popular Shathi Indian Takeaway in Eaves Lane.
Also rated just one star are The Park Hall Hotel in Chorley, The Pines Hotel in Clayton-Le-Woods, The Black Horse Inn in Croston and The Yew Tree Inn at Health Charnock.
Head Chef at The Pines Hotel, Antony Fenwick-Scott, said a reinspection was due soon. He said: “I took over last Saturday. We’ve had a new EHO inspection and they were super impressed with the due diligence taken place and standard of the kitchen and how I had turned it round in four days. They said it had turned over ten fold. They said they are going to come back to do a reassessment.”
Andy Edmundson, manager of the Black Horse, blamed the rating on changing from one handbook to another, which he said did not give enough information.
And he said an inspector had been back since and he was waiting for the rating.
He said: “It was paperwork and it has already been re-graded. It will probably be a three or a four.
“I went from one lot of paperwork to another one.”
Mr Ali, of the Shati takeaway, Eaves Lane, Chorley, said: “We are having a revisit this week. It’s nothing major. It’s bits and bats, like light coverings.”
Christopher Cameron, director of Cameron’s restaurant at Birkacre Garden Centre, said he and wife Sue were “extremely disappointed with how it was handled”.
He said: “I know he is doing his job but I do not think it should be a one. We have always been a five.
“We do catering for the council and have some prestigious customers.
“We are always cleaning up. It was a busy morning. There were crumbs on the floor, but it is a working kitchen.
“I have been in some places when I did a lot of catering that were a lot worse than ours but got better ratings.
“We are very disappointed.”
Mr Cameron said concerns were raised about the amount of paperwork being kept, as well as cobwebs, which he said was down to the restaurant’s location. He said changes had been made to the way they work and described the kitchen as “spotless”.
He added: “He asked us to get certain things in place and has been back to see us and he was happy with the situation.”
Operation Manager at the Park Hall Hotel in Chorley John McGrath said: “We are unhappy with our result from the last inspection.”
He said structure problems were highlighted which are now being worked on to bring them up to scratch.
Meanwhile a staff member at The Yew Tree in Heath Charnock said they are “not in the business of cutting corners”.
He added: “It goes with saying that we are contesting the rating and look forward to a comprehensive, unprejudiced review. Our business has grown significantly in the last two years and continues to do so, this being testament to the attention to detail we pay in both our kitchen and in the restaurant.”
The manager at Greenways Rest Home declined to comment.
Jamie Carson, director at Chorley Council, said: “There can be a number of reasons why premises can receive a poor rating, from such things as hygiene and temperature control, to the condition of the premises and equipment, and documentation and training. However if they do get a poor rating we let them know what they need to do to improve.
“We go back four or five weeks later and in the vast majority of cases they’ve done the work and would get a better rating.
“If the business then asks to be re-rated, we aren’t permitted to re-score them until a minimum of three months has passed. We also offer ongoing help, support and advice to businesses and as a result, we are seeing a lot more places now achieve the top five star ratings.”
All information correct as of March 23 from the Food Standards Agency website.
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