Fireaway pizza takeaway was one of the restaurants in London’s worst hit borough for poor food hygiene with a zero rating (Picture: Google)
If you’re ordering a takeaway in London tonight, we might have some bad news for you – especially if you’re living in certain areas of the capital.
And it’s not just because of widespread strike action by Deliveroo, JustEat and Uber Eats delivery drivers.
Another thing most of us probably don’t even think about when we have a takeaway is the hygiene standards in the kitchen where our grub is being cooked.
Is the kitchen area and its facilities up to scratch? And what about the chef’s – are they all following safety protocol properly?
Unfortunately, it turns out the answer to those questions at quite a number of eateries is no.
There are 156 fast food outlets across London’s 32 boroughs which have a food hygiene rating of zero.
And one borough in particular has been revealed to have the worst proportion of restaurants that are falling well below the required level.
A zero hygiene rating means urgent improvement is necessary (Picture: Food Standards Agency)
Sorry Waltham Forest residents – but out of 877 takeaways in the borough, 47 of them have a zero rating.
That’s a hefty 15.6% of the places to eat.
A further 71 eateries only had a rating of one and 17 a score of two, reports MyLondon.
According to the Food Standards Agency, a hygiene rating of zero means urgent improvement is necessary and one means major improvement is required.
Food Standards Agency: Hygiene rating meanings
1 – Major improvement necessary
2 – Improvement necessary
3 – Generally satisfactory
4 – Good
5 – Very good
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Popular chains including Costa Coffee and Fireaway were among those with a zero rating in the east London borough.
Costa at Walthamstow station was given its low score in April 2023, while Fireaway Pizza in Leyton’s was in November.
Ealing borough had the next worst food hygiene ratings in London with a total of 15.2% of outlets scored at two or below.
Newham is third from bottom, followed by Enfield and Haringey.
Costa coffee in Waltham Forest has a zero food hygiene rating (Picture: Google)
Kenssy Chicken has a zero rating (Picture: Google)
The following food outlets in Waltham Forest have a zero food hygiene rating, according to the Food Standards Agency.
Akhis Flip N Bun
Amalfi E17/Buns and Subs at The Nags Head Public House
Atalian Servest Food Company at Stagecoach
Best Shaorma House
Better Coffee Corner
Bombay Kebab & Catering
Cafe De Melo
Chic N Chip
Deja vu Garden
El Cafecito/Belle Juin
Engine House Cafe at Walthamstow Wetlands
Favorite N Tasty
Fireaway Pizza Leyton/Flame Inn
Jerk Centre and Grill Restaurant
KAMU Streetfood at The Coach & Horses
Kenssy Fried Chicken
Mini Hiba/GDK Kitchen
Panda Dim Sum
Perfect Fried Chicken
Pizza Go Go
Relax Bar Cafe
Smash Street Kitchen & Drink Bar
The Hungry Cow
The Lacy Nooke at Wood Street Studios
The Mint Club/The Sushi Club/Sushi Bite/Sushi Express
Data collected by ProCompliance showed that Kensington and Chelsea was the London borough with the best food hygiene ratings, where 98.2% of venues had a score of three or higher.
The next best boroughs were Merton, Southwark and Hounslow.
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