Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) makes it easier for consumers to choose places with good hygiene standards when they're eating out or shopping for food.

The food hygiene rating tells customers about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other places they go to for food, such as lunch clubs or sports venues.

Businesses are given a hygiene rating between 0-5 following an inspection by an Environmental Health Officer. The hygiene rating depends on the standards of hygiene found at the time of the inspection.  If you find that a business is not displaying their rating by displaying a door sticker you can find the rating published online: Search for Food Hygiene Ratings

The ratings are on a scale from '0' at the bottom, which means that urgent improvement is necessary, to '5' at the top, which means that the business was found to have 'very good' hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.

If you are a business wishing to: 

  • make an appeal against a rating; request a re-inspection; or add a comment against your score on the website, please visit our Safeguards for Businesses page.
  • make the most of your food hygiene rating, visit the Food Standards Agency's web page FHRS Promotional Toolkit

Last reviewed: 14 - 12 - 2017

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