Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The scheme helps customers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving clear information about the food hygiene standards of a business. Ealing Council is part of the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), and the results of food safety inspections are made publicly available.

The scheme gives businesses a rating from 5 to 0, which is displayed at their premises and online so customers can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food. A breakdown of the scores is given below:

5 – Hygiene standards are very good

4 – Hygiene standards are good

3 – Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 – Some improvement is necessary

1 – Major improvement is necessary

0 – Urgent Improvement is required

In England we do not have mandatory display of businesses food hygiene rating. You can search for a business’s food hygiene rating score.

Further details about the scheme

What does the food hygiene rating cover?

Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found within a business at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to always comply with food hygiene law. This includes:

  • Handling of food
  • How food is stored
  • How food is prepared
  • Cleanliness of facilities
  • How food safety is managed.

The food hygiene rating scheme does not provide information on the following factors:

  • Quality of the food  
  • Customer service  
  • Culinary skill  
  • Presentation of food.