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Ribble Valley Recipe for Valentine’s Success

Published Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Flowers or chocolates, romantic restaurant or quiet meal in, whatever your recipe for Valentine’s Day success, remember 96 per cent of Ribble Valley’s 704 eateries have a food hygiene rating of three

All food premises in Ribble Valley, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, are rated from five to zero for food hygiene.

They are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food, as well as effective pest control and waste disposal; whether employees are suitably supervised, instructed or trained in food hygiene; and the premises in a good state of repair.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme enables consumers to make informed choices about where they buy or eat food.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental health, James Russell, said: “Consumers spend a significant amount of money on food and eating out is particularly popular on Valentine’s Day.

“Although the majority of Ribble Valley’s food businesses have high standards of hygiene, this scheme enables consumers to know precisely how an outlet is performing and make informed choices about where they buy or consume food.”

Catriona Stewart, head of the food hygiene ratings team at the Food Standards Agency, added: “You can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how smart the staff look or romantic the décor is, so we are urging consumers to look before they book and check food hygiene ratings before deciding where to go on their special date.

“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat, because it tells consumers what is going in the kitchen and behind the scenes.”

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, ranging from zero, which means urgent improvement is necessary, to a top rating of five.  

Ratings are displayed on distinctive green and black stickers on windows and doors or can be found online at

Ribble Valley is home to the multi-award-winning Ribble Valley Food Trail, which features 29 producers, shops and restaurants providing top-quality food, exceptional customer and excellent provenance, and the annual Clitheroe Food Festival, which attracts thousands of food enthusiasts to the town every August.

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