Five 'zero star' Sutton restaurants named and shamed for poor hygiene

Councillor Richard Clifton (left) enjoys a spot of lunch with Pizza Express Sutton manager Zack Tuznik

Councillor Richard Clifton (left) enjoys a spot of lunch with Pizza Express Sutton manager Zack Tuznik

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People planning to treat their loved one to a meal out for Valentines day can be confident their dinner will be hygienic at the very least.

Almost 80 per cent of the 684 restaurants in Sutton now score three or more out of five in the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme, which rates restaurants, cafés, takeaways and canteens according to Sutton Council inspection scores.

Sutton Guardian:

Councillor Clifton presents Pizza Express manager Zack Tuznik with his five-star certificate

It means diners can choose from 541 eateries that meet the three-star standard - although it is worth avoiding the five establishments that scored no stars in their most recent inspections.

Pizza Express in Sutton High Street is among the restaurants to scoop a coveted five-star rating. Manager Zack Tuznik said: "We’re very proud of our top rating for food hygiene as it shows that we run a food business that people can trust."

Catriona Stewart, head of food hygiene ratings at the Food Standards Agency, added: "The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going in the kitchen and behind the scenes."

People can check how restaurants fare in the ratings by visiting www.food.gov.uk/ratings or by looking out for green stickers on restaurants' doors.

Councillor Richard Clifton, Sutton council's lead member for trading standards, said: "The borough is committed to ensuring all food businesses are regularly inspected and offered food safety guidance and coaching."

Sutton Guardian:

Sheesh Mangal in Central Road, Worcester Park, got no stars in its most recent hygiene inspection in June last year

Five eateries in Sutton scored zero in their most recent inspections meaning urgent improvement is required.

They are: Favorite Chicken and Ribs in Stafford Road, Wallington, Ryan Gate in Central Road, Worcester Park, Sheesh Mangal, also in Central Road, Surrey Chicken and Kebab in St Dunstans Hill, Cheam, and Sutton Halal Meat and Grocery in Sutton High Street.


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3:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Nichu44 says...

It's spelt hygiene (error in headline). I've avoided Sheesh
Mangal owing to the zero rating. I don't understand how such a new restaurant has a zero star rating. Will stick to Pizza Express.
It's spelt hygiene (error in headline). I've avoided Sheesh Mangal owing to the zero rating. I don't understand how such a new restaurant has a zero star rating. Will stick to Pizza Express. Nichu44
  • Score: 10

12:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bellboy007 says...

Dare I say it appears to be the less indigenous establishments and their owners that have a "relaxed" attitude to hygiene....
Dare I say it appears to be the less indigenous establishments and their owners that have a "relaxed" attitude to hygiene.... bellboy007
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Pepperpotter says...

Whilst it would be nice to have 5 star everywhere, these ratings are not very representative of what they deduct points for! As an example, a friend of mine still had the plastic film stuck on the top of a brand new stainless steel fridge (that stops it being scratched) and was deducted 2 points. The plastic was removed (she didn't even realise it was on there nor that it would be an issue until pointed out)!! So the kitchen and food preparation can be perfect and hygienic, yet marks can be deducted for such minor things......a bit more clarity should be made to customers when providing hygiene ratings as to why points have been deducted. It's not as black and white as you think.
Whilst it would be nice to have 5 star everywhere, these ratings are not very representative of what they deduct points for! As an example, a friend of mine still had the plastic film stuck on the top of a brand new stainless steel fridge (that stops it being scratched) and was deducted 2 points. The plastic was removed (she didn't even realise it was on there nor that it would be an issue until pointed out)!! So the kitchen and food preparation can be perfect and hygienic, yet marks can be deducted for such minor things......a bit more clarity should be made to customers when providing hygiene ratings as to why points have been deducted. It's not as black and white as you think. Pepperpotter
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Crease2000 says...

Pepperpotter, I'm sure that your friend would have noticed the plastic film on the numerous occasions that she would probably have had to clean the top of the fridge. Or. . . . . ?
Pepperpotter, I'm sure that your friend would have noticed the plastic film on the numerous occasions that she would probably have had to clean the top of the fridge. Or. . . . . ? Crease2000
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Mr Strings says...

I just don't understand why a zero rated establishment is allowed to keep trading? Surely if it's zero, it's a risk to health.
I just don't understand why a zero rated establishment is allowed to keep trading? Surely if it's zero, it's a risk to health. Mr Strings
  • Score: 17

11:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

havingmy2penneth says...

It should be compulsory for the establishments to publicly display their rating, maybe that would be the incentive to ensure that their rating is as high as possible.
I have seen many well respected restaurants with a grade 1 rating in the borough, I'm sure if more people were aware of the ratings they would be less likely to hand over their hard earned money when hygiene corners are obviously being cut!
It should be compulsory for the establishments to publicly display their rating, maybe that would be the incentive to ensure that their rating is as high as possible. I have seen many well respected restaurants with a grade 1 rating in the borough, I'm sure if more people were aware of the ratings they would be less likely to hand over their hard earned money when hygiene corners are obviously being cut! havingmy2penneth
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

tjames says...

more council non-jobs
more council non-jobs tjames
  • Score: 1

10:16am Thu 20 Feb 14

PeterM says...

Mr Strings wrote:
I just don't understand why a zero rated establishment is allowed to keep trading? Surely if it's zero, it's a risk to health.
They have to stop the ratings somewhere. Zero is the lowest that you can go before the place is closed down. Zero also means that the establishment will get more frequent spot checks.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Strings[/bold] wrote: I just don't understand why a zero rated establishment is allowed to keep trading? Surely if it's zero, it's a risk to health.[/p][/quote]They have to stop the ratings somewhere. Zero is the lowest that you can go before the place is closed down. Zero also means that the establishment will get more frequent spot checks. PeterM
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

denglish says...

I believe in Germany not only the restaurants are inspected but the people in them have to be clear of TB and other infectious diseases. perhaps we could learn something from them ?
I believe in Germany not only the restaurants are inspected but the people in them have to be clear of TB and other infectious diseases. perhaps we could learn something from them ? denglish
  • Score: 0

12:37am Thu 27 Feb 14

dingdongkingkong says...

Yeah, we're all going to go to Favorite Chicken for a Valentine's Day meal.....seriously?!
?!
Yeah, we're all going to go to Favorite Chicken for a Valentine's Day meal.....seriously?! ?! dingdongkingkong
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