Borough Insight

Look before you book!

santa dinnerIf you’re planning that special Christmas meal out with friends, family or work colleagues, our Environmental Health Team is reminding you to check the food hygiene rating before you book.

Christmas is a time to enjoy great company with good food, without worrying about what’s happening in the kitchen. The truth is - you don’t know how good or clean a food business is until you check their Food Hygiene Rating. There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – visit

If you’re out and about you can use mobile phone apps or look for the green and black sticker on display.

By checking the rating, you can be reassured to know that that you’ve chosen a food business where they take food safety as seriously as you.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by our food safety officers.

Businesses are rated on a scale ranging from a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’ down to 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’. Any business that fails to meet minimum standards will be subject to enforcement action.

75% of food businesses in Epsom & Ewell are rated 4 or 5 so there are plenty of places to choose from not only at Christmas, but all year round!

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