Bad news if you’re getting a takeaway in London tonight and live in this borough

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

0 – Urgent improvement necessary
1 – Major improvement necessary
2 – Improvement necessary
3 – Generally satisfactory
4 – Good
5 – Very good

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

Artist’s Lounge

Atalian Servest Food Company at Stagecoach

Barwaqo Cafe

Best Shaorma House

Better Coffee Corner

Bombay Kebab & Catering

Cafe De Melo

Chic N Chip

China Express

Coffee Club

Costa Coffee

Cottage Cafe

Deeney’s Cafe

Deja Brew

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



Lagos Island

Little Lotus

Masala India

Mega Bite

Mini Hiba/GDK Kitchen



Panda Dim Sum

Perfect Fried Chicken

Pizza Go Go

Prizreni Bakery

Relax Bar Cafe

Restaurant Glorioso

Roosters Hub

Royal Cafe

Smash Street Kitchen & Drink Bar


The Hungry Cow

The Kitchen

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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