MORE than 20 businesses across the region have been slapped with a poor hygiene rating in the latest wave of inspections.

The most recent scores on the doors from the Food Standards Agency shows dozens of takeaways and businesses have been ordered to make improvements.

A Darlington restaurant and Middlesbrough kebab shop are among those that have been given the worst possible score, a zero star hygiene rating, since March.

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Meanwhile, a Teesside pub hotel and Hartlepool convenience store are among the haul of businesses that have been given a one star rating over the same period.

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The ratings, which are based on hygiene and safety, structural compliance and confidence in management are routinely updated.

Across the UK, every food outlet including convenience stores, restaurants, hospitals and care homes are given a hygiene rating.

In the North East and North Yorkshire, the majority of takeaways and restaurants continue to receive a three and above rating.

But there are a number that are identified as causes for concern that must either make "urgent" or "major" improvements.

What each hygiene rating means

0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary
1 - Major Improvement Necessary
2 - Some Improvement Necessary
3 - Hygiene Standards Generally Satisfactory
4 - Hygiene Standards Good
5 - Hygiene Standards Very Good

So we've rounded up the latest results from inspections carried out in March and April where the ratings have been published by the Food Standards Agency here.

Here's the list of takeaways recent rated

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this list on Friday, May 27.

If your business has been re-rated, please email so our article can be updated to show your new score.

The zero rated businesses


22 Yarm Road, Darlington

Inspected on March 17, 2022

Antalya Shawarma 

271-273 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on March 17, 2022

Yummy Kitchen 

49 Villette Road, Sunderland

Inspected on March 24, 2022

Country Cuisine 

9B Brinkburn Road, Darlington

Inspected on March 8, 2022

Dee Dee's Café 

Snowdon Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on April 13, 2022

Rising Sun Inn 

40 North Road, Boldon Colliery 

Inspected on March 30, 2022

The one star rated businesses

Cleveland Hotel 

9-11 High Street West, Redcar

Inspected on March 13, 2022

Serco (James Cook University Hospital) 

Marton Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on April 6, 2022

Kings Fish Shop 

12 King's Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on March 30, 2022

Expresso Pizza 

17 Station Road, Billingham

Inspected on April 11, 2022

Headland Local Shop 

31 Northgate, Hartlepool

Inspected on April 6, 2022

Langham Tower

Ryhope Road, Sunderland

Inspected on March 25, 2022

The Snack Shack 

98A The Broadway, Grindon, Sunderland

Inspected on March 28, 2022

Gilbert & Smiths 

413 Durham Road, Gateshead

Inspected on March 29, 2022

The Imperial Restaurant 

489 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead

Inspected on March 14, 2022

Sky Chinese Cuisine 

20 - 28 Stowell Street, Newcastle 

Inspected on March 18, 2022

Starbeck Deli

7 - 9 Starbeck Avenue, Newcastle 

Inspected on March 17, 2022

Perfect Chef 

53 Arlington Avenue, Newcastle 

Inspected on March 16, 2022

Gate Of India Restaurant 

40 Front Street, Tynemouth, North Shields

Inspected on March 24, 2022

Rosehill Fish And Chips/Jeffes Grill 

83 Northumberland Terrace, Wallsend 

Inspected on March 21, 2022

Oriental Chef one

81 Front Street, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland

Inspected on March 24, 2022


Servo was the only businesses listed by the Food Standards Agency with a response to the poor score. 

"Serco is committed to achieving and maintaining extremely high standards of Food Safety, and at James Cook University Hospital we have consistently achieved scores of 5 from Middlesbrough Council. Serco has a comprehensive Food Safety Management System in place, both centrally and specifically for our hospitals.    

"We have a management framework in place to support its implementation and maintenance, and a comprehensive internal auditing regime to ensure compliance. We incorporate the results of any external audits into our monitoring of Food Safety and in March 2022 an external, independent hygiene audit was conducted at James Cook, resulting in a score of 89% with 100% in the critical elements.  

"However, the inspection by Middlesbrough Council identified concerns relating to technical inaccuracies in our Food Safety Management System and its implementation in practical delivery. 

"Whilst Serco acknowledges that this potentially could give rise to inaccurate application of these control measures, we would like to emphasise that all food served at James Cook University Hospital is routinely provided under strict controls that were not observed at the time of the inspections.  A wide range of food and environmental samples were taken by the Council’s Environmental Health Officers for microbiological testing - none of which failed. This supports the verification of the Food Safety controls we have in place.

"We recognise and acknowledge that the inspection of James Cook carried out by Middlesbrough Council has highlighted that standards at that particular time were not as we would expect. We are taking this report extremely seriously and have conducted a full investigation involving all tiers of management and front line staff, and with full consultation and transparency with our client. Many of the issues identified in the report were rectified immediately, and we are now actively working in collaboration with the Officers in Middlesbrough Council to ensure we move forward as a matter of urgency to demonstrate our commitment to attaining and maintaining the highest level of compliance and to regain their confidence.

"Our aim is to address all issues identified by the Council as soon as practical. We will be requesting a re-inspection and a rescore at the earliest opportunity."

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If your business has been re-inspected please email so our article can be updated to show your new score.


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