Food hygiene inspections have found five takeways in County Durham were given the worst possible score during its most recent inspection.

The Food Hygiene Agency rates all eateries out of five to show if improvements need to be made. 

Assessments look at a range of factors when they make their decisions but they focus on hygiene, safety, structural compliance and confidence in management.

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

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But there are a number that have been identified which urgently need improvement.

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

You can look through the full list of restuarants the Food Standards Agency has inspected through their website here.

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this list on December 1, 2023.

Zero Star:

Royal Chef

Manor Road, St Helen Auckland, DL14 9ER

Inspected September 7, 2023.

Akshaya Food and Wine Limited

Beaumont Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6BJ

Inspected on May 16, 2023.

Shawarma Time

Northgate, North Lodge, Darlington

Inspected on October 10, 2023.

One Star:

Bowburn Spice

Durham Road West, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5AU

Inspected on April 19, 2023.

Fast Fry

Granville Terrace, Wheatley Hill, Durham

Inspected on May 3, 2023.

The Chippy

Brancepeth Road, Ferryhill, DL17 8QR

Inspected on October 17, 2023.