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21 North East businesses get one or zero stars for food hygiene – list

MORE than 20 businesses in the region were slapped with a poor hygiene rating in the latest wave of inspections.

The latest scores on the doors from the Food Standards Agency show dozens of takeaways and businesses have been ordered to make improvements.

A restaurant in Darlington and a kebab shop in Middlesbrough are among those to have received the worst possible score, a zero-star hygiene rating, since March.

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Meanwhile, a Teesside hotel pub and a Hartlepool convenience store are among businesses to receive a one-star rating over the same period.

The ratings, which are based on health and safety, structural compliance and trust in management, are regularly updated.

Across the UK, every food outlet, including convenience stores, restaurants, hospitals and care homes, receives a hygiene rating.

In the North East and North Yorkshire, the majority of takeaways and restaurants continue to receive a rating of three and above.

But there are a number that are identified as areas of concern that need “urgent” or “major” improvements.

What each hygiene rating means

0 – Urgent improvement needed
1 – Major improvement needed
2 – Some necessary improvements
3 – Generally satisfactory hygiene standards
4 – Good hygiene standards
5 – Hygiene standards Very good

We have therefore gathered the latest results of inspections carried out in March and April where the notes were published by the Food Standards Agency here.

Here is the list of recently rated takeaways

All odds are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of this list’s creation on Friday, May 27.

If your business has been re-rated, please email [email protected] so our article can be updated to show your new score.

Zero-rated businesses


22 Yarm Road, Darlington

Inspected March 17, 2022

Antalya Shawarma

271-273 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected March 17, 2022

Delicious cuisine

49 Villette Road, Sunderland

Inspected on March 24, 2022

Country kitchen

9B Brinkburn Road, Darlington

Inspected on March 8, 2022

Dee Dee’s Cafe

Snowdon Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on April 13, 2022

Inn of the Rising Sun

40 North Road, Boldon Colliery

Inspected March 30, 2022

Companies rated one star

Hotel in Cleveland

9-11 High Street West, Redcar

Inspected on March 13, 2022

Serco (James Cook University Hospital)

Marton Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on April 6, 2022

Fishmonger of kings

12 King’s Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected March 30, 2022

Espresso pizza

17 Station Road, Billingham

Inspected on April 11, 2022

Local tip shop

31 North Gate, Hartlepool

Inspected on April 6, 2022

Langham Tower

Ryhope Road, Sunderland

Inspected on March 25, 2022

The Snack Shack

98A The Broadway, Grindon, Sunderland

Inspected on March 28, 2022

Gilbert & Smith

413 Durham Road, Gateshead

Inspected on March 29, 2022

The Imperial Restaurant

489 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead

Inspected on March 14, 2022

Chinese food from heaven

20 – 28 Stowell Street, Newcastle

Inspected on March 18, 2022

Deli Starbeck

7 – 9 Starbeck Avenue, Newcastle

Inspected March 17, 2022

Perfect cook

53 Arlington Ave, Newcastle

Inspected on March 16, 2022

Gate of India Restaurant

40 Front Street, Tynemouth, North Shields

Inspected on March 24, 2022

Rosehill Fish & Chips/Jeffes Grill

83 Northumberland Terrace, Wallsend

Inspected on March 21, 2022

Eastern Chief One

81 Front Street, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland

Inspected on March 24, 2022


Servo was the only company listed by the Food Standards Agency with a poor score response.

“Serco is committed to achieving and maintaining extremely high food safety standards, and at James Cook University Hospital we have consistently achieved scores of 5 from Middlesbrough Council. Serco has a comprehensive system in place food safety management, both central and specific for our hospitals.

“We have a management framework in place to support its implementation and maintenance, as well as a comprehensive internal audit regime to ensure compliance. We incorporate the results of any external audits into our food safety oversight and in March 2022 an external and independent hygiene audit was carried out at James Cook resulting in a score of 89% with 100% in the critical items.

“However, the inspection by Middlesbrough Council identified issues relating to technical inaccuracies in our food safety management system and its implementation in practice.

“While Serco recognizes that this could potentially lead to inaccurate application of these control measures, we would like to emphasize that all food served at James Cook University Hospital is routinely supplied under strict controls which have not been observed at the time of inspections A wide range of food and environmental samples were taken by Council Environmental Health Officers for microbiological testing – none failed, supporting the verification of food safety controls we have put in place.

“We acknowledge and acknowledge that the inspection of James Cook carried out by Middlesbrough Council has shown that the standards at this particular time were not as we expected. We take this report very seriously and have carried out an investigation comprehensive involving all levels of management and frontline staff, and in full consultation and transparency with our client.Many issues identified in the report were remedied immediately, and we are now actively working with Middlesbrough City Council officers to ensure that we make urgent progress to demonstrate our commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest level of compliance and to regaining their trust.

“Our goal is to resolve any issues identified by the Board as soon as possible. We will request a re-inspection and re-score as soon as possible.”

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