A notorious Blackpool hotel was among four resort establishments to get the worst possible hygiene rating in the latest survey.
The Broadway Hotel on Burlington Road off New South Promenade, which made the headlines last year over a row about a TripAdvisor review, was given a zero hygiene rating – the lowest the inspectors could offer.
Here are all the star ratings for establishments Blackpool:-
They came and found a bit of dirt. But since then we have a new owner and completely new managementMaierie Acboras
The hotel, which is currently closed, was described as a “filthy stinking hovel” by holidaymakers Tony and Jan Jenkinson after their stay and as a result they were “fined” £100 by the then owners for posting a bad review under a “no bad review policy” included in the terms and conditions. The money was later refunded and the hotel closed at the end of last year.
The Food Standards Agency has released its latest ratings after council public health inspectors submitted the results of their visits.
The FSA figures show that 93 of the 1,570 eating places in Blackpool were said to be below satisfactory with a zero to two rating.
Just four had a zero rating for hygiene, meaning that urgent improvement is necessary, 47 had a rating of just one and 42 a rating of two.
However, 94 per cent of places serving food were rated satisfactory or better.
A total of 196 made the satisfactory grade with a three rating, 518 made the good grade and 772 had the very good rating, grade five.
The other Blackpool establishments to get a zero were the Maharaja restaurant in Dickson Road, Pars takeaway in Talbot Road and the Inglewood Hotel on the Promenade.
Manager Maierie Acboras, from the Pars takeaway, which was tested on May 29 this year, said the problem had been caused when an inspector had called after a complaint made by a former member of staff.
He said: “They came and found a bit of dirt. But since then we have a new owner and completely new management. Everything has been sorted out and, if they came today, they would give us a five-star rating.”
The owners of both the Maharaja and the Inglewood were not available for comment despite several attempts at contacting them. The dates of their inspections were February 17 and April 10 this year. Many of the establishments are likely to have been inspected again since the dates in the list below and will have their ratings reassessed.
Coun Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said overall the hygiene results were encouraging.
She said: “We are very pleased that our positive food hygiene works is continuing to yield positive results.
“The majority of food businesses in Blackpool are rated as satisfactory, good or very good and less than six per cent of food businesses in Blackpool are rated less than a three star rating.
“We’re also identifying failure where it occurs and each of the four zero-rated premises in Blackpool have been subject to enforcement action.
“The hygiene ratings are regularly updated throughout the year, so I’d advise anybody to check the latest ratings before they decide where to eat out.
“It’s easy to do and you can even download an app to check it on your phone.”
One of the five-star rated eateries was Blackpool and The Fylde College which trains people for the catering industry.
Linda Chapman, catering services supervisor at Blackpool and The Fylde College said: “It’s fantastic to receive five stars across all of our catering units; it shows that we’re very good at what we do.
“It’s down to good leadership and a hard-working team, who deserve this accolade. Our kitchens are maintained to the highest standards of cleanliness and we go over and above to make sure we’re the best we can be.
“I think it’s particularly important for us as a college to lead by example and set a standard as we deliver catering courses and teach students who will be working in the catering and hospitality industry themselves one day.”
Ambrosinis atSquires Gate was another Blackpool eaterie which has won the top five star rating.
Front of house manager Giuseppe Esposito said they were delighted.
He added: “It is very satisfying to get a five-star rating because the team works hard checking everything is just right and that is important for the customers. This is a reward for all that dedication and we are delighted.”
Hagop Tchobanian, from the five-star rated Beach House on the Promenade, said: “I don’t actually advertise the fact we have five stars – that’s what we should be anyway, it’s certainly what we strive for.
“We try to give something different, and are striving to be the best from the moment people walk through the door.”
Andy Rogers, from the Saddle Inn in Whitegate Drive, was also pleased to get the top rating.
He said: “The hygiene ratings displayed in venues’ windows is something customers look for more and more these days and acts as a reassurance to them.
“Our success is all down to teamwork, keeping high standards throughout the pub and kitchen and the efforts of the staff. We do a check first thing in the morning and at the end of the night to make sure everything is right.”
What the ratings mean...
The hygiene ratings scheme is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.
Eateries are judged on three criteria:
•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.
A food hygiene rating of zero, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that a business has performed badly in all areas.
A business, for example, can get a low overall score if food safety is poorly managed with no records in place, despite the premises being incredibly clean and the food handled in a hygienic way.