Food-hygiene ratings revealed

Food Standards Agency, Food Hygiene Rating sticker.
Food Standards Agency, Food Hygiene Rating sticker.

Ahead of Food Safety Week, which starts Monday, we’ve brought together food-hygiene ratings for all establishments in the area taken in the last 12 months.

Food-hygiene ratings are given by the Food Standards Agency to any business that operates with food, this can be a school, a takeaway or even a farm.

A rating is given between zero and five: Zero is described as urgent improvement necessary; one is major improvement necessary; two is improvement necessary; three is generally satisfactory; four is good and five is classed as very good.

It is worth noting that a zero or a one rating is not necessarily given because the premises are dirty or unclean. There are many things which enforcement officers look at when assessing.

For example, they will look at places like food-preparation areas, food-storage areas and also structural integrity of buildings. If food is being prepared or stored in places which may not be classed as structurally stable, this could impact their overall rating.

Another area on which assessors base their rating is how the business manages and records what steps it takes to make sure food is safe. So you may see a low rating for a place that is clean but has no records of how cleaning is managed as this can impact on their overall rating.

Below is a list of 240 businesses in which inspections took place between May 2014 and Wednesday, May 12, 2015. The list is ordered by the postcode given on the Food Standard Agency website in the NE65 to NE69 areas.

Urgent improvement needed:


major improvement needed:

Armstrong House, Bamburgh.

Improvement needed:

The Sun Hotel, Warkworth; Dalchinis Restaurant, Alnwick; SFC Pizza, Shilbottle; Varanda, Alnwick.

Generally satisfactory:

NE65: Sizzlers; Chips Plaice; Cross Keys; Masons Arms; Sea Salt; The Trap Inn; The Vale Café; This Little Farmer; Topsey; Trotters Bakers. NE66: Café Rio; Copperfields Coffee House; Joiners Arms; Muddy Boots Café; The Strawberry Lounge; Todays Convenience Stores, Christon Bank. NE67 and NE68: Rosemarys Café; Seahouses Masonic Hall. NE69: Bamburgh Hall Farm B&B; R Carter and Son.


NE65: A and B Young; AFC Pizza; Amble Club Lld; Barrowburn Tea Room; Circa; Cliffwell Service Station; Coquet Yacht Club; Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School; Hadston House Café; Hillrise Food Store; Jaspers; Kington B&B; Lime Lodge B&B; Mountgate Caravans; Netherton Northside First School; Orchard House; Percy Wood Golf Club; Phillips Newsagents; Rothbury Bakery; Sandwiches @ Millars; Sun Kitchen; The Amble Butcher; Royal Air Forces; Three Wheat Heads, Thropton; Togston Terrace Social Club; Warkworth Golf Club; Warkworth Village Store; Wellword Arms. NE66: Alndyke Farm; Alnmouth Post Office; Barter Books; Duchess’s Community High School; Georgian Guest House; Hedgeley Service Station; Hope and Anchor; Hot Wok; Hunger Buster; Lilburns; Penny Black; Plough Inn, Powburn; Subway, Alnwick; Tea Cosy Tea Room; Thai Vibe; Art House; The Earl Gray Tea Rooms; The Fleece; The Lunchbox; Schooner Hotel; Tic Toc Club; Village Farm Health Club; White Swan; NE67 and NE68: George Scott and Son; Koffee and Kreme, Schooner Inn; Seahouses and District Social Club; Seahouses Hostel; NE69: Copper Kettle Tea Rooms.

Very good:

NE65: Abbyfield House; Acklington First School; Amble Coquet Street Club; Amble First School; Amble Links First School; Amble Mesonic Hall; Anglers Arms; Artique Café; Broomhill First School; Burgham Park Golf Club; Cabosse, Warkworth; Coquet B&B; Coquetvale Hotel; Eshott Hall; Euro Pizza; Grange Rest Home; Hadston Newsagency; Habour Guest House and Tearoom; Hillcrest Vegetarian B&B; Hot Hog Heaven; Jackdaw Restaurant; James-Fairway Catering, Rothbury; Londis, Longframlington; Longframlington Garden Centre; Longhorsley Village Playgroup; Lorbottle West Steads Farmhouse; Morwick Diary Ice Cream; Newcastle House Hotel; No 6 at Druridge Bay; R C Roland and Son; Rothbury Recreation Club; Spurreli; St Oswalds Court; Stables Tea Rooms; Stanton Hall Garden; Star Inn; Station House B&B; Sweets and Treats; T R Watson; Taj Mahal; Taylor’s; Tesco Express, Amble; The Farm Bakery; Jubilee Hall, Newton-on -the-Moor; The Lee Farm B&B; The Old Store House; Radcliffe Club; Rothbury First School; Tower House B&B; Tullys of Rothbury; V J Foodstore; Zecca. NE66: Aln Guest House; Alnham Field Centre; Alnwick Cricket Club; Alnwick Infirmary; Alnwick Youth Hostel; Ash Tree House; Aydon Guest house; Barndale House School; Beaches Bed and Breakfast; Burnside Lodge B&B; Callaly Cottage B&B; Castleview B&B; Cheviot View B&B; Costa Coffee; Courtyard Garden B&B; DOC’s; Eleanors Byre: Greggs; Gray Croft B&B; Grovewood Residential; Hillcrest Care; J.R. Grieves & Co; Lidi UK; Longhoughton Village Hall; Low Hedgeley Farm B&B; Morrisons; Newton Hall; Nood Food Emporium; NRP Foods; Olive Branch Café; Oronsay House; Percy Arms; Pottergate Pantry; R Turnbull & Son; Ravensmount Residential; Red Lion Inn; Rooftops B&B; Running Fox; Ship Inn; St Pauls RC School; Stable Yard; Stonecroft B&B; Summerhill Residential; Taylors Newsagents; The Bakehouse Gallery; The Co-op, Bondgate Within and Willowtree Industrial Estate; The Coach Inn; The Grange; The John Bull Inn; The Limes; The Mill House; The Alnwick Playhouse; The Village Tea Rooms; The Little Farmer; Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery; Trotters Family Bakers; Village Tea Room and Emporium; West Acre House; West Cawledge Park; Yan’s Restaurant. NE67: Beach Court; Beadnell Beach Guesthouse; Chrissy’s Sandwiches; Ellingham Hall; North Charlton Farm B&B; Seabreeze Supplies; The Hemmel B&B. NE68: Elan Pizzeria & Elan Creperies; Links Hotel; North Sunderland Lucheon Club; Northumbrian Hamper; Pinnacles Restaurant; Rotisserie Jacques; Swallow Fish Ltd; Trotters Family Bakers. NE69: Hillcrest B&B; Lord Crew Arms Hotel; Wyndenwell.

All information gathered, including addresses, was provided by the Food Standards Agency and all information is available to the public. Additional information was provided by Northumberland County Council.

If you are a business owner and wish to either appeal against a rating, complain or ask for a reinspection, you must do so via the Food Standards Agency.

Please note that any business that did not have a publically accessible premises in north Northumberland was not included.

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