The recipe for a great meal out this Valentine’s Day

Broxbourne Council is urging residents to ‘look before they book’ and check the food hygiene rating before deciding where they go on their special date this Valentine’s. With lots of restaurants to choose from across the Borough, loved-up couples are encouraged to select one with a hygiene rating of 3 or more.

The truth is, member of the public can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how romantic the décor and ambience is.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by the Council’s environmental health team. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 to 5, 5 being ‘very good’.

Over 90% of food businesses are rated a 3 or higher so there are plenty of places with good food hygiene standards, residents can choose from. This means they can easily avoid taking their special date to those places not meeting the grade. It’s really simple for residents to check by visiting the Food Standard Agency’s website.

So, whether couples are reserving a table at that romantic hotspot, the cosy little café, or planning on ordering a takeaway on their way home, they are reminded to look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors first.

Valentine’s is a busy time for food businesses and a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. Businesses should make sure they reassure customers by putting a sticker up in the window. Thousands of food businesses displaying a 3 to 5 rating say it made a positive difference to their business.