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Ribble Valley Recipe for Valentine’s Success

Published Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Flowers or chocolates, romantic restaurant or quiet meal in, whatever your recipe for Valentine’s Day success in Ribble Valley, remember to ‘look before you book.’

Not only is Ribble Valley one of the UK’s most popular wedding destinations, but it is a great place to wine and dine, with some of the best restaurants and gastro-pubs in the country.

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 and trained in food hygiene, and the premises in a good state of repair.

And 94 per cent of the borough’s eateries have a food hygiene rating of three stars or above.

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

“And although the majority of Ribble Valley’s food businesses have high standards of hygiene the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme enables consumers to know precisely how an outlet is performing and make informed choices about where they buy or consume food.
“There’s nothing romantic about food poisoning and the scheme 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

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