Be Careful Purchasing Food From These Stores Near Whitworth.
Everybody loves a good take away, in my house, myself and my partner always eagerly await takeaway and movie night. Many people enjoy a takeaway, whether it be on a regular basis or sparingly as a treat. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of the places where we get our food from are unclean, unhygienic and according to the Food Standards Agency, need major improvements.
In fact, so many businesses are so poorly rated when it comes to food hygiene, that if more people knew about these poor ratings we’d probably decide not to eat there and choose another alternative.
The Food Standards Agency is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and aims to help people choose where to eat and provide information on food hygiene ratings; it applies to restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops.
Each business is inspected by a food safety officer and is given a rating on a scale of 0-5 (0 being the worst). The officers determine the score based on the following factors:
- how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
- the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
- how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
Here are the top 5 places, close to Whitworth, to avoid getting your food from, based on their Food Standards Agency ratings:
Pizza Time is a takeaway that has been running for a number of years in Whitworth. It’s currently Whitworth’s only Pizza Takeaway and for that reason, along with the few takeaways that operate directly in Whitworth, many people frequently get their takeaways from this store.
What many people don’t know is that this store only has a rating of 1 by the Food Standards Agency.
While the hygiene and food handling rating for this store was “Satisfactory” the cleanliness of the store, building and the overall management of food safety (ensuring food is cooked properly, safe to eat, in date etc) was rated as “Major improvements necessary”. Unfortunately, we can’t see the exact reasons for the ratings on the food standard agency’s website, the fact that the store only rated a 1 out of 5 is very worrying and a cause for concern.
The owner of the store had this to say about the rating:
I agree with the inspection results but I have since carried out the following improvements:
The establishment has been thoroughly cleaned and procedures are in place to ensure that cleanliness is maintained.
The staff have been trained/given instruction and are under revised supervisory arrangements.
Pizza King is a takeaway based in Bacup, that offers delivery to Whitworth residents.
Pizza King also scored a 1 out of 5. They needed “Major improvements”in just about every area including; food hygiene, food safety; the handling of the food and the cleanliness of the building and facilities.
The owner of this store has not made any public comment about this rating and as such the Food Standard’s Agency’s website recommends exercising caution while eating there.
Another rating of 1 goes to Tony’s Pizza & Kebab House in Bacup. A local takeaway that delivers to Whitworth residents.
While they only scored a 1, they did get a “Generally satisfactory” rating, when it came to handling, cooking and storing food.
The cause for concern and low rating came from the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building as well as the overall management of the business.
Again the owner has not made any public comment about this rating, so be cautious if you do choose to eat here.
Solomons is a takeaway enjoyed by many residents from Whitworth. Sadly this business also has been given a rating of 1 by the Food Standard’s Agency.
The agency has said that across the board the business needs either “improvements” or major “improvements”.
This means that the food safety officer who conducted their inspection, found a cause for concern in just about every area they are asked to look at. If you want to ensure that your food is safe for consumption then you may want to skip Solomons.
It’s very rare that the Food Standards Agency and their food inspection officers give a business a rating of 0. It’s the worst possible rating and is only given to
establishments that need the most improvement and have caused great concern to the inspecting officer.
Cod N Kabab managed to get themselves a rating of 0. Again the reports aren’t public and can only be obtained via a freedom of information request, so we can’t see the exact reasons the inspecting officer chose to give this takeaway a rating of 0, what we do know is that, whatever they have seen it must have been pretty bad to justify a score of 0.
The overall standards and quality of the place must have been low and there must have been grave concerns relating to the safety of the food.
Personally, I wouldn’t blame anybody for choosing not to eat here. A rating of 0 is pretty bad. You’d think that any business with such a poor rating would at the very least respond, issue a statement and try to improve.
The Food Standard Agency give every business the chance to respond and publish a statement on their website, Cod N Kabab made the decision not to respond and made no public comment regarding the rating.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, here are the top 4 best places to get your food from close to Whitworth:
I feel I should give a disclaimer here, I personally live a few doors down from Joshua Law Bakers and Butchers and I do frequent there for my breakfast, for that reason, you could say I’m a little biased.
Joshua Law Baker and Butchers give Whitworth a reason to be proud. They are a traditional family butchers and if you haven’t visited them I’d highly recommend you do so. They have a real “small local family business feel” to their shop which is a breath of fresh air considering we live in an age of capitalism and huge corporations. It’s nice to see a small business that is still surviving and serving their local community.
The Food Standards Agency gave Joshua Law an impressive 4-star rating and had no concerns regarding food safety and hygiene.
Some people may say that they shouldn’t be included on this list as they are not a takeaway. I decided to include them on this list because they do offer takeaway food, breakfast and lunch. They offer a wide range of hot and cold snacks. So while it may not be a traditional takeaway, doing home deliveries, I thought it was only fair to include them on this list.
Basil’s is a steakhouse and restaurant based in Whitworth.
What’s impressive is that Basil’s have a 5-star rating, this is the highest possible rating and the food inspector has described the business as “superb” in just about every single area.
If you’re fussy about how your food is handled, then choosing Basil’s is a good choice as it’s often difficult to get that 5 star rating and is only given to businesses who really impress and take food hygiene and safety very seriously.
Britannia Chippy is another business who managed to get a 5-star rating from the Food Standards Agency.
Based just outside of Whitworth, if you’re looking to grab some cheap grub that is guaranteed to be safe and clean, then Britannia Chippy would be a good shout.
The Cock & Magpie is a beautiful pub based in Whitworth, offering traditional pub grub and delicious food.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in where you don’t have to worry about the cleanliness of the business, then Cock & Magpie would be a great choice.
They have a 5-star rating from the Food Standards Agency and the food inspector had no concerns across the board, giving them the highest marks in every area they inspected.
If you’re thinking of eating at any of the places mentioned in this article, always use your own judgement on whether or not the business is safe to eat from. It’s important to note that these inspections may have taken place awhile ago and the businesses could have made improvements following these inspections.
The ratings in this article were given based on The Food Standard Agency’s own rating system. You can visit their website here to see up to date ratings for businesses near you. Please do not be put off by this article, judge each business for yourself. A lot of time may have elapsed since this article was written and as such the ratings may no longer apply.
Richard is a Digital Marketer by trade, specialising in website design and SEO. Richard's online handle is Rickeo, an aspiring journalist with a passion for politics, major world news, technology and social activism.