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The recipe for a great meal out in East Northants

Published Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Good food is an important part of everyone’s holiday or day out.

This summer East Northamptonshire Council is reminding residents and visitors to check out the food hygiene rating of local cafés, restaurants and pubs before they indulge.

95% of eateries in East Northamptonshire have a food hygiene rating of 4 or more, so there’s plenty to choose from, whether you’re grabbing a sandwich on the go, sitting down to a four-course meal or enjoying a local delight.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by East Northamptonshire Council. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to a top rating of 5 (very good).

Where food is served, look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors. If you can’t see a sticker, ask staff inside for the rating or check online at: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/

Julia Smith, Health Protection Manager at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “The summer holiday season is a busy time for our cafés, restaurants and pubs. With the majority of food businesses here rated 4 or above, it’s easy to choose to enjoy your meal in an eatery where food hygiene is taken seriously."

Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the Food Standards Agency said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when in a place that you haven’t visited before. It tells you what’s going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes. A good rating will be good for business during the holiday period, so if you are local eatery, make sure you remember to display your sticker!”

For inspiration on where to eat out in East Northamptonshire and the Nene Valley, please visit www.nenevalley.net