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Food hygiene rating scheme

Information for consumers

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme will help you choose where to eat in Waverley by giving you information about the hygiene standards of over 1032 businesses, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, schools, hotels and other places to eat in the borough.

The scheme is run by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, which is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK.


Waverley Borough Council Environmental Health Officers regularly undertake inspections of food premises in the borough and give each business a "hygiene rating" when it has been inspected. The rating is based on food hygiene standards found at the time of the inspection in the following three areas:

  • how hygienically the food is handled - safe food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.
  • the condition of the structure of the premises - cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
  • how food safety is managed and recorded

Food hygiene ratings

A business is awarded one of six ratings:

Food hygiene rating of zero


Food Hygiene Rating 1 - Major improvement necessary

fhr, Food Hygiene Rating 2, Improvement Necessary

Food Hygiene Rating 3 - Generally satisfactory

Food Hygiene Rating 4, Good

Food Hygiene Rating 5, very good

The top rating of 5 means the business was found to have very good hygiene standards. A rating of 0 means that urgent improvement is necessary. Where a business does not achieve the top rating, the food safety officer will explain to the person that owns or manages the business what improvements are needed.

How can I tell what rating a business has been given?

Check the rating of your favourite restaurant, café or bar

You can also look for the sticker in the window or door, or certificate on display showing the hygiene rating for the premises. Businesses are encouraged to display certificates and stickers in their premises so customers can see them. In England, display is voluntary at the moment so not all businesses may have put their sticker up in the window or on the door, but if you don't see it, you can ask them or look it up online.

Page owner: Paul Shrimpton. Last updated: 26/03/2019 10:57

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