Havering has emerged as the only London Council not to have a single zero rated eating establishment as assessed by the Food Standards Agency scoring method.

Restaurants, cafés and other eateries are inspected and assessed by local authorities using a 1 – 5 scoring range. Inspectors decide the ratings by evaluating the following: a) how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored; b) the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities, and c) how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

A score is then given based on the following:

0 – Urgent improvement necessary

1 – Major improvement necessary

2 – Improvement necessary

3 – Generally satisfactory

4 – Good

5 – Very Good

Across London, 358 establishments scored zero with restaurants in Camden, Ealing and Tower Hamlets faring the worst. For Takeaways, Croydon was bottom of the table.

In Havering, no takeaways, restaurants or pubs inspected were given a zero rating.

To find out more about the ratings and see how individual establishments have scored, please visit

Article from Upminster & Cranham Residents Association