Nine businesses in the North East have been smacked with a poor hygiene rating in the first two months of 2024.

The Food Hygiene ratings show that a number of businesses have been told in the last few weeks that they need to make improvements.

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 vast majority of takeaways and restaurants continue to receive a rating of three or above.

But there are a number that are identified as causes for concern which 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

Here's the list of takeaways recently rated:

We’ve rounded up the most recent results from inspections carried out in January and February from the ratings that have been published by the Food Standards Agency and can be found here

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this list on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Food hygiene:

One star:

The Grove

Birtley Lane, Chester Le Street

Inspected on February 1, 2024

Gary's Fish Bar

The Green, Newcastle

Inspected on January 25, 2024

Hyderabadi Kitchen

199 Borough Road, Middlesbrough

Inspected on January 18, 2024

Upex Pies

2 Carcut Road, Misslesbrough

Inspected on January 16

Gormans fish and chips

17 Potts Street, Newcastle

Inspected on January 25, 2024

Rumba Casa Latina

7 Marlborough Crescent, Newcastle

Inspected on January 25, 2024

The Spice Cottage

2 Hutton Street, Newcastle

Inspected on January 24, 2024

Peggy Sues Diner

203 Chillingham Road, Newcastle

Inspected on January 20, 2024

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Lotus Express

High Grange Avenue, Billingham

Inspected on January 17, 2024