I follow the Twitter feed (@ratemyplace) of Staffordshire Local Authorities’ RateMyPlace website which publishes details of food safety inspections reports and hygiene rating scores across the county. The website has a search facility where you can search for a particular premises by name or address or you can view a list of premises in a particular town. If you are searching by town note that there is Burntwood, Chasetown and Chase Terrace. While the search is useful for finding individual premises, I was curious how various food outlets and shops in Burntwood compared so with a few searches I came up with the following, not entirely definitive list.
The list is sorted in descending rating order and alphabetically within each rating. I have split the list in two so that the first part deals with food outlets such as cafes and pubs and the second part deals with supermarkets, convenience stores, butchers etc.
Be aware that the list is not live so these ratings apply only until a premises is re-inspected which, from what I have seen, can be up to two years.
Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants, Takeaways etc
Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Butchers etc
|Co-Operative (Swan Island)||18/10/2011|
|One Stop Stores||18/04/2012|
|Springhill Service Station||10/08/2009|
|Spar & Subway||31/01/2012|
|Co-Operative Food (Morley Rd)||14/07/2011|
|Cost Cutter Dehal Superstore||23/06/2010|
|S Whitehouse Butchers||26/07/2011|
|V N Best||28/05/2012|
The ratings are described as follows:
- Urgent improvement necessary
- Major improvement necessary
- Improvement Necessary
- Generally Satisfactory
- Very Good
As I said at the beginning, this is by no means a definitive list, but it gives some idea of the range of food standards across Burntwood. The majority are at the “Generally Satisfactory” standard or above which is a good sign but there may be some surprises in there for some people.
Personally speaking, I steer clear of any premises with less than a 3-star rating, particularly if there has been no improvement from the previous report. The worst of the bunch on the cafes, pubs and restaurants with scores of zero are pretty shocking and I am surprised to see The Rag with only one star as it has a good reputation locally, so it shows what goes on behind the scenes can be kept hidden from customers. In the shops category, VN Best drags along at the rear having never achieved higher than a 2-star rating since opening and the latest report showed the same deficiencies as the previous one so no effort was made to improve.