Food hygiene rating scheme

Find out about the hygiene rating of food businesses in the district.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with Uttlesford District Council.

Check out a hygiene rating

How it works

Food businesses are inspected by one of our food safety officers to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good').

It is not just restaurants that are inspected - retailers such as supermarkets, bakers, butchers, delis and takeaways are also included.

The ratings are calculated on three criteria:

• how hygienically the food is handled

• the condition of the premises including cleanliness, ventilation and layout

• how food safety is managed and documented

When we have rated a business we give them a sticker which they can display. We also try to publicise any new ratings on our Facebook feed.


Food Standards Agency guidance

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for you to choose places with good hygiene standards when you are eating out or shopping for food. The Food Standards Agency has produced guidance for both businesses and consumers.

Food Standards Agency - a guide for businesses

Food Standards Agency - a guide for consumers How to find out about the hygiene standards in your favourite restaurants, takeaways and food shops

We have also put together some frequently asked questions on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Documents for food businesses

The documents below are for food business who wish to request a re-inspection and appeal or comment on their rating

Icon for pdf Re-inspection request form [241.6KB]
Icon for word Re-inspection request form [164KB]
Icon for pdf Appeal form [242.69KB]
Icon for word Appeal form [165KB]
Icon for pdf Right to reply form [228.37KB]
Icon for word Right to reply form [156KB]


Additional information

For further information on food hygiene, courses or registering a new food business, please contact the Environmental Health Team:

Tel: 01799 510483
Email: Environmental Health