From city centre restaurants to local pubs, food standards officers found food hygiene in some of Preston’s popular eateries in need of improvement.Advertisement
Food hygiene is rated out of five and is assessed within three categories; hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and management of food safety.
Hygienic food handling includes preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food.
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Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building involves having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control to enable good food hygiene.
The management of food safety is assessed by the system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.
Azuma, the Asian cuisine on Friargate, achieved the lowest rating of zero at the time of inspection in April this year.
It was stated that urgent improvement was necessary for the management of food safety. Improvement was also necessary for hygienic food handling.
Staff have received training from the appropriate officers and they are waiting for re-inspection.
The owner of Azuma said: “It was all about the procedure. We have had training and everything. We hope they will inspect any time soon.”
Top 1 Pizza, New Hall Lane
Offering a variety of pizzas, burgers, chicken wings, chips and more, food hygiene officers failed to score Top 1 Pizza higher than one out of five.
The standards of the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building were found to be generally satisfactory.
However major improvement was found necessary in both categories of hygienic food handling and the management of food safety.
Delilicious Delight, Adelphi Street
The Adelphi Street eatery, serving hot food, sandwiches along with tea and coffee, scored a disappointing one out of five.
The management of food safety was rated as ‘major improvement necessary.
Delilicious Delight revealed that an employee was being trained at the time that food standard officers inspected the restaurant.
A spokesperson for Delilicious Delight said: “The last time that an officer visited a guy was being trained at the time and he forgot to wash his hands. It was also to do with his clothes as well because of the t-shirt he was wearing. It was not to do with the food.”
Neal’s Bakery, 281 Tag Lane
The Tag Lane Bakery scored one out of five.
Officers recorded that the bakery’s hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
However a major improvement was found necessary for the management of food safety.
Ignite Shisha Cafe, Watery Lane
Ignite Shisha Cafe offers a selection of shisha flavors, alongside a selection of food, drinks and desserts.
However, food safety officers found that improvement was necessary in hygienic food handling and cleanliness and conditions of facilities and building.
Major improvement is also necessary in the management of food safety.
Fishwick Hall Golf Club
Fishwick Hall Golf Club scored one out of five for food hygiene.
Food safety officers found that it was generally satisfactory for hygienic food handling.
Improvement was necessary for the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, and the management of food safety needed a ‘major’ improvement.
Switch Nightclub, Market Street
This popular Preston nightclub was visited by food standards officers last year.
Although the club does no serve food, it stores and serves closed bottles.
It was rated one out of five, with improvement necessary in cleanliness and conditions of facilities and building and major improvement needed in management of food safety.
Hygienic food handling was classed as generally satisfactory.
Deputy Manager at Switch, Lee Johnson, said: “The building had been closed down for a year before it opened as Switch, and it can be rated on the state of the building. The officers inspected us last year.
“We do not sell food at all, we only sell closed bottles. They are stored in fridges in the cellar area until they are sold at the bar where they are opened.
“We are confident and clean. There is nothing more we can do.”
Spice Kitchen, Ribbleton Avenue
Spice Kitchen, the takeaway and sandwich shop located on Ribbleton Avenue, achieved a one out five.
The takeaway managed to achieve a ‘good’ rating for the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Despite this, an improvement was necessary for hygienic food handling and a major improvement was necessary for the management of food safety.
The Moorbrook, North Road
Serving lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks, The Moorbrook pub on North Road failed to achieve a high food hygiene rating.
Officers recorded the pub as needing improvement in both hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Major improvement was required in the management of food safety.
Manager at the Moorbrook Richard Fisher-Godwin said: “Unfortunately we did receive a one star rating. This was due to a number of reasons.
“Our food offer at The Moorbrook is a pizza only menu which are cooked in a wood fired oven which is situated outside in our garden. When we first started this food offer two years ago we had an inspection and assessment on the viability of this concept and at the time explained how we would operate.
“There were many things that were discussed at the time that were deemed acceptable practices and we were awarded a five star rating based on this information. When we were re-visited thre months ago, the environmental health officer (EHO) who was different from the first we had had and issues were raised about practices which we were previously understood to have been acceptable. This appears to have been partly down to a misunderstanding on the councils side as to what we had stated and also down to stricter rules being put in place. Regardless of this there were a few issues relating mostly to paperwork relating to record keeping and outlining our safe practices.
“Safe practices have always been followed with our food offer but records of this hadn’t been kept for sometime hence contributing to the rating. Once these issues had been raised they were all instantly rectified and we have worked closely with the EH officer to ensure we have been following these correct practices.
“We received another visit from the EHO this week and she was very happy with how things were being carried out in terms of our safe food practices and we have put in a request for a revisit which we hope will be within the next month or two and we should hopefully regain our 5 star rating based on the changes and improvements that have been made.
“We would welcome anyone to come and look at our facilities and how well they are maintained. The rating we received certainly doesn’t reflect the quality of the product we make and we are most upset at the rating but have made sure that all the factors have now been put in place to ensure we don’t receive such ratings in the future.”
DDs Road Chef, A6 Broughton
Food hygiene inspectors gave the mobile caterer DDs Road Chef in Broughton a one out of five.
Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building was deemed as generally satisfactory.
However, the caterer fell down as hygienic food handling was deemed as ‘improvement necessary’ and a major improvement is necessary for the management of food safety.
A spokeswoman for DDs Roadchef said: “We have been under new management since May 2018 and this food hygiene rating you have quoted was given Nov 2017 (whilst the old owner had it). A request for an inspection was made in May 2018 but they are only able to do it annually, so an inspection is imminent, where we are confident the rating will be high, as all the problems raised have been rectified.
“There is a new chef working at DDs, upgrades have been made to the van, systems have been introduced and we take food hygiene protocol very seriously. This rating is out of date and a mis-representation of the current running of DDs Roadchef.”
Ninja Adventure Park, Mercer Street
The ninja assault course unfortunately failed to score high in its food hygiene.
The building has a cafe and regularly hosts children’s parties.
Officers classed its management of food safety as in need of a ‘major’ improvement, and recorded the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building as needing improvement.
It scored a ‘generally satisfactory’ mark for its hygienic food handling.
Al-Barakah, Langcliffe Road
The Indian fast food and takeaway in Fulwood achieved a mark of one out of five.
Improvement was necessary in the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and a major improvement was necessary in the management of food safety.
Although, the hygienic food handling category was rated as generally satisfactory.
Plough at Eaves, Woodplumpton
The country pub unfortunately achieved a ‘score on the door’ of one out of five.
Improvement was deemed necessary in both hygienic food handling and cleanliness and conditions of facilities and building.
However, the management of food safety was rated as ‘major improvement necessary’.
Owner of the Plough at Eaves, Mr Bond, said: “The reason we got a one on our rating is because of some issues within the kitchen regarding the drainage and the fans which we have now address and we are actually in waiting for a visit for a re-score which we hope to have by the end of November.”
Dryden Centre, Manchester Road
The Dryden Centre, located at Dryden Mill on Manchester Road, secured a one out of five rating.
It had been labelled as ‘generally satisfactory’ for hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Pulling the mark down, however, was the management of food safety which was recorded as ‘major improvement necessary’.
Jade City, London Road
Food safety officers found that the Chinese takeaway situated on London Road achieved one of out five.
It gained a generally satisfactory mark for hygienic food handling and the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Lowering the score on the doors though was the management of food safety which was recorded as ‘major improvement necessary.’
Miller Road Convenience Store, 198 Miller Road
One out of five was the score given to the convenience store on Miller Road.
It was found that the retailer required necessary improvement to its hygienic food handling and the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.
Major improvement was also found necessary for its management of food safety at the store.
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