​Food hygiene ratings are important when looking for a place to eat - whether it's a quick takeaway or a full sit-down meal. 

Whether it's in the North East or further afield, no matter where you eat, there will be a food hygiene rating for that place.

We have rounded up all of the places in Darlington and the Darlington area that have fallen foul of below-two-star hygiene ratings.

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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

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this list on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

Here are the 7 takeaways and restaurants that scored two-star hygiene rating or lower:

Two star

  • China Star Takeaway, 107 Victoria Road, DL1 5JQ - Last inspection: 8 November 2023
  • Heighington Takeaway, 2 Church View, DL5 6PN - Last inspection: 30 January 2024 (Recently inspected: New rating to be published soon)
  • Ribbon, 120 Gladstone Street, DL3 6JZ - Last inspection: 5 October 2023
  • Yarm Road Chinese Takeaway, 291 Yarm Road, DL1 1BA - Last inspection: 1 November 2023

One star

  • Croft W.M.C, 6 Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, DL2 2DA - Last inspection: 25 August 2022
  • Curry Express, 2 High Northgate, DL1 1UL - Last inspection: 14 December 2023

Zero star

  • Thai Lemon 149 Northgate, North Lodge, DL1 1TZ - Last inspection: 14 December 2023