Five-star eating is fast becoming the norm in South Ribble, according to the latest food hygiene survey, but while the majority of restaurants, cafes, chippies and takeaways in the borough have all passed with ‘frying’ colours, a handful have been found wanting. BRIAN ELLIS reports.
One business has been landed the worst possible rating - no stars at all - in the annual round of visits by South Ribble council inspectors.
Isolabella in Hough Lane, Leyland, failed the hygiene test set by the Food Standards Agency.
Nine more, including a popular town centre pub and a village store have all been given one star, while 14 others only get a two-star rating - both categories deemed to be in need of attention.
More than 360 food premises were visited during the year, with almost half - 169 - scoring top marks and being classed as very good. A further 100 came close and rated “good” with four stars. And 73 others were described as “generally satisfactory” with three stars.
Only 24, less than seven per cent, were found to be lacking and were offered lessons in cleanliness to help improve their ratings.
“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been in place for more than two years now and has really helped residents to make more informed choices about where they eat out and buy their groceries”, said South Ribble Borough Council’s deputy leader, Councillor Peter Mullineaux.
He added: “Many of our food businesses in South Ribble are achieving the top ratings and it’s a real credit to them for maintaining such high standards.”
No-one from Isolabella was available for comment yesterday.
But at the historic Eagle and Child pub in Church Road, Leyland, manager Lynn Barnes was unhappy with her establishment only rating one star.
“Last year we were a four, so I think being marked down to a one is pretty harsh,” she said. “It can’t do our business any good and I think it is very unfair.
“The inspector who came ticked everything off as being fine, apart from the area of the kitchen where the fryers and grills are.
“He said there was a bit of grease there and it needed a good clean. He said he would come back and have another look. So we did that straight away.
“We have even got a firm coming out this week to do a proper deep clean, so it will be spotless. Yet this food hygiene rating will stay in place for a whole year. It’s bound to affect our trade. Our regulars know it isn’t accurate. They won’t be concerned.”
Isolabella, Hough Lane, Leyland
Cafe D’Licious, Hope Terrace, Lostock Hall
Chesters Chicken and Pizza, Golden Hill Lane, Leyland
Eagle and Child, Church Road, Leyland
Montanas, Towngate, Leyland
Rigbye’s Village Store, Main Square, Buckshaw
Sizzlers, Golden Hill, Lane
Snack Attack, Edward Street,Walton-Le-Dale
The Big Fish, Liverpool Road, Longton
The Deli, Liverpool Old Road, Walmer Bridge
Alborz, Station Road, Bamber Bridge
Brindle Brothers, Station Road, Bamber Bridge
Charcoal Grill, Chapel Brow. Leyland
Fry Inn, Watkin Lane. Lostock Hall
Huntleys Country Stores, Whalley Road. Samlesbury
Kingdom Hall, Oak View. Leyland
Lostock Tandoori, Leyland Road Lostock Hall
Millennium Catering, Seedlee Road, Walton-le-Dale
The Tucker Box, Boxer Place Moss Side, Leyland
The Viceroy, Golden Hill Lane. Leyland
Vernon Carus Sports And Social Club, Factory Lane. Penwortham
Zhen Zhen, Leyland Road. Lostock Hall
Pizza Costa, Bristol Avenue, Farington
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