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Food hygiene ‘Scores on The Doors’ (and thanks)

Thank you
Firstly just a quickie to say thank you! LardButty had its 20,000th view today (from a viewer somewhere between the States, Europe, Africa and New Zealand!) so, very many thanks for reading this lowly lardy blog. I hope you’re enjoying the mix of restaurant reviews and ‘LardButty homemade’ tried and tested recipes?

Your feedback is always welcome (let me know what you like or don’t like; you know where to find me – see the contact info on the LardButty index page) as are your comments on individual blog posts.

And swiping over to more interesting things…

Food hygiene ratings – before you fork out, check out
The infamous Chef H (former Reheme Cafe manager and recent graduate of Ashburton Cookery School – woo-hoo! congrats H!) tonight introduced me to Scores on The Doors.

What’s ‘scores on the doors’ you may well ask (I did).

In a nutshell, it’s the food hygiene ratings given to restaurants, pubs and food retail premises, as rated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and you can search the public database to access ratings of your fave (or otherwise) restaurants and pubs.

In more detail, “The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality. The information provided on businesses is held on behalf of local authorities participating in the national …scheme”.

You can also search areas/restaurants at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/default/en-GB or search on the go using one of the free ‘food hygiene’ apps from the FSA or Scores on The Doors.

Ratings explained:
5 – Very good
Very high standards of food safety management. Fully compliant with food safety legislation.

4 – Good
Good food safety management. High standard of compliance with food safety legislation.

3 – Generally satisfactory
Good level of legal compliance. Some more effort might be required.

2 – Improvement necessary
Broadly compliant with food safety legislation. More effort required to meet all legal requirements.

1 – Major improvement necessary
Poor level of compliance with food safety legislation – much more effort required.

0 – Urgent improvement necessary
General failure to comply with legal requirements. Little or no appreciation of food safety. Major effort required.

So, what are the hygiene ratings of restaurants/ pubs recently visited by LardButty?

Let’s take a look. Browse a few thumbnails here
Or here’s a few examples:

Top scoring 5, includes:
~ Bistro1, Frith Street, Soho
~ Bibimbab Cafe, Museum Street, Bloomsbury
~ Catford Chippy, Rushey Green, Catford
~ Madeira London, Vauxhall
~ Roast, Borough Market, London Bridge

Good score 4, includes:
~ Cafe Spice Namaste, East London

Generally satisfactory 3, includes:
~ Santa Maria Del Sur, Battersea
~ Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak
~ Suze in Mayfair

This is useful information that I’ll try to incorporate into future LardButty reviews (hygiene ratings being a limited component of a restaurant experience, and to re-iterate – not indicative of food quality).

To say that H and I got quite engrossed looking up the scores of some of our fave restaurants and then comparing the ratings, would be an understatement… We were out in Soho this eve with some of my family visiting from Harrogate. Suffice to say they got home (back to Harrogate) before we did (in London)…

Be warned: installing the Scores on The Doors app may lead to the loss of hours.


~ Food Standards Agency – hygiene ratings website
~ Scores on The Doors


4 Responses

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the article. The ScoresOnTheDoors and FSA websites use the same hygiene data, but they’re not the same.

    The ScoresOnTheDoors site tends to have more information – e.g. Google Places, links to reviews, phone numbers, websites etc. See e.g.


    The ScoresOnTheDoors mobile apps are also somewhat better than the FSA ones – compare the ratings/install numbers for :

    ScoresOnTheDoors – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sotd.foodhygiene


    FSA – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.food.ratings


  2. Many thanks for the info @TheGingerDog, much appreciated. I do prefer the Scores on The Doors App as it displays fuller info (even in basic search results) than the FSA app. I’ll keep an eye on both but expect to use Scores on The Doors more. cheers!

  3. You can also have a look at Doorda.com as it allows a simple postcode search. It also shows you local crime which may be useful if you’ve overdone it in the restaurant!

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