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Enjoy a festive feast - have a look before you book

Revellers planning their Christmas parties in the borough are being reminded by Hillingdon Council to check out the restaurant hygiene ratings before booking in for a party.

News release: 27 November 2012

Hillingdon Council helps to operate the Food Hygiene Rating scheme (FHRS), in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. The ratings scheme was formerly known as Scores on the Doors.

When Hillingdon Council's food inspectors rate a food business they use a six point scoring system. The national rating system is designed to help residents choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: "It's that time of year when people are looking forward to Christmas parties and dining out so it's important to make the right choice about where you go.

It's a treat to eat out so you want to spend your money wisely and enjoy your meal, not have it ruined by food poisoning. It only takes a few minutes to check out
the hygiene ratings, and often businesses display their rating sticker in their window."

There are six hygiene ratings on a simple numerical scale ranging from '0' (urgent improvement necessary) at the bottom to '5' (very good) at the top.

Ratings can be viewed online at and businesses will be encouraged to display stickers and certificates showing their rating at their premises.

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