Selecting a food place can be somewhat problematic - with price, quality and location all becoming factors for people. 

However, one of the other biggest factors is looking for the food hygiene ratings. 

It's not always that easy to spot a food hygiene rating at the restaurant unless you're looking for it. 

But here at The Northern Echo, we have rounded up every food venue in County Durham that has received a one-star hygiene rating or lower from the Food Standards Agency.

So without further ado, here are all of the food places that are rated one star or lower when it comes to their most recent inspections.

Here is what we have found: 

One star

  • Albertos, 10a Church Street, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4DD, last inspection:18 July 2023)
  • Bowburn Spice, 3b Durham Road West, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5AU, Last inspection: 19 April 2023)

  • Dalton Park Inn, Ada Street East, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9NG, Last inspection:21 July 2023)

  • Fast Fry, 1 Granville Terrace, Wheatley Hill, Durham, DH6 3JQ, Last inspection: 3 May 2023)

  • Golden Fry, 41 Cotsford Lane, Horden, Peterlee, SR8 4HS, Last inspection: 27 September 2023)

  • Golden Fry, 82 High Street, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, DL13 4DW, Last inspection: 2 November 2023

  • Horden Social Welfare Centre, Welfare Hall, Seventh Street, Horden, Peterlee, SR8 4LX, Last inspection: 12 May 2011

  • Little Eden, 98 Edenhill Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DE, Last inspection: 20 September 2023

  • Perfect Fry, Sydney House, Stockton Road, Seaham, SR7 0HJ, Last inspection: 21 September 2023

  • Peterlee Lodge Hotel, Bede Way, Peterlee, SR8 1BU, Last inspection: 13 December 2022


  • Pizza Home, 1-2 Dans Castle, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, DL13 4AY, Last inspection: 6 June 2023
  • Pizza Inc, 92 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EQ, Last inspection: 19 October 2023
  • Pizza Napoli, 42 Tweed Road, Spennymoor, DL16 6ST, Last inspection: 24 April 2023
  • Shildon Express, 22 Main Street, Shildon, DL4 1AH, Last inspection: 3 May 2023
  • The Bishops Lodge, Addison Road, Toronto, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7RJ, Last inspection: 13 December 2023
  • The Chippy, 169a Brancepeth Road, Ferryhill, DL17 8QR, Last inspection: 17 October 2023
  • The Forresters Hotel, 52/53 Market Place, Middleton In Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 0QH, Last inspection: 7 September 2023
  • Valentinos, 162 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EJ, Last inspection: 4 October 2023
  • Wingate Stores, 76-77 North Road East, Wingate, TS28 5AY, Last inspection: 12 May 2023
  • York Road Fisheries, 50 York Road, Peterlee, SR8 2DP, Last inspection: 31 October 2023

Zero stars


  • Akshaya Food and Wine Limited, 36 Beaumont Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6BJ, Last inspection: 16 May 2023
  • Eastlea Stores, 2 Enfield Road, Seaham, SR7 8EG, Last inspection: 10 November 2023
  • Harbour Tandoori, 11 Blandford Place, Seaham, SR7 7EL, Last inspection: 29 September 2023