You can now see hygiene ratings on our restaurant pages

So you know you’re eating somewhere clean and safe

Updated on 16 March 2020 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

You can now see hygiene ratings on our restaurant pages

From today, we have added hygiene ratings to each of our restaurant pages.

We understand that in this current climate, it is important for diners to be safe in the knowledge that the restaurant they are eating in is a clean space. With that in mind, we have made the decision to add hygiene ratings to a number of the individual restaurant pages on our site.


That means that when looking for a restaurant on SquareMeal, you won’t just get a feel for what it is like to experience dining there thanks to our expert in-house reviews, but you will also be able to get some insight into what goes on behind the scenes, and be safe in the knowledge that your chosen restaurant meets current hygiene standards.

In order to ensure that we are displaying the most up-to-date information, we have only included restaurants that have been awarded a hygiene rating within the last year. On our restaurant pages, you will find the Food Hygiene Rating in the ‘good to know’ box on the right hand side, right next to our review.

You can find the indivual hygiene ratings in the 'good to know' box on our restaurant pages

The Food Standards agency operates a scale of 0-5, with 0 being the worst rating a restaurant can receive and 5 the best. You can find a brief explanation of the six possible ratings below:

Food Hygiene Rating 0 – This means that urgent improvements are absolutely necessary and that the restaurant poses a danger to public health.

Food Hygiene Rating 1 – This means that the restaurant needs to make significant improvements to its hygiene and training of staff.

Food Hygiene Rating 2 – Receiving this rating means that there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the restaurant’s hygiene standards.

Food Hygiene Rating 3 – This is the first of the ratings which means that hygiene standards are met to an acceptable level. There is still plenty of room to improve, but the restaurant doesn’t pose an immediate threat to public health.

Food Hygiene Rating 4 – The second highest rating that a restaurant can receive, this means that the restaurant is seen to have a good level of food hygiene both in its kitchen and on the restaurant floor.

Food Hygiene Rating 5 – This is the highest rating that can be awarded to a restaurant with regards to food hygiene, and it goes without saying that this is the accolade that all restaurants should aspire to.

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