Look before you book this Valentine’s Day

Merton’s Shared Regulatory Partnership is asking residents to look before they book a night out at a restaurant this Valentine’s Day. 

The Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme allows people to check the cleanliness of restaurants. The ratings for restaurants in the borough are determined by the council’s food safety team and range from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating meaning very good.

Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said: “It’s hard to tell how good a restaurant’s hygiene standards are just by looking at the staff, décor and ambience. In Merton, over 85% of food businesses are rated a 3 or higher so there are plenty of places for people to choose from. Keep an eye out for the food rating display on the restaurant windows or check online.”

For more information, visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings