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Most Hayle eateries rated highly in hygiene scheme

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 31, 2013

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HAYLE restaurants and eateries have overwhelmingly been rated 'good' or 'very good' in a food hygiene rating scheme.

Of the 75 places which were investigated by Cornwall Council in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency under the TR27 postcode, which includes Hayle, St Erth and Connor Downs, 49 received the highest rating of five stars.

A further 18 received a food hygiene score of four stars, including them in the 'good' level rating and five establishments received the three-star 'generally satisfactory' rating in the area.

Only two restaurants received the lowest rating of one star, which indicates a need to make 'major improvements' and one eatery received the two-star rating indicating 'improvement needed'.

One of the restaurants which received a one-star rating last year was The Cornish Arms on Commercial Road.

Liz Buckley, manager, said: "It was to do with some of the walls at the back that hadn't been made washable and there was an issue with the fridge. We had a domestic one and it needed to be industrial.

"[The inspector] came and said how clean everything was, so it's a bit of a contradiction in some ways. We work really hard, it was a bit of a knock back but we have done all we can."

The pub, which is owned by St Austell Brewery, said it has carried out 90 per cent of the improvements which were needed and it will be reinspected in the next few weeks.

The owner of the only two-star rated cafe on the list, The Jam Pot, which overlooks Gwithian Beach, said the low rating did not reflect the food management, but rather the paperwork which was not filed appropriately.

Lynette Clark, said: "We hadn't kept records up; in the winter it is really quiet, sometimes we only have two people in. I think they are pretty fair. We don't usually get that low a rating; they caught us at a bad time."

Mrs Clark said it was difficult to maintain the structural requirements in the grade two listed building due to location, but improvements had been made and they were expecting a higher grade upon reinspection.

Each business is given a 'hygiene rating' when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the local authority, which shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates at their premises in a place where they can easily be seen. However, it is not a mandatory requirement to do so.

The scheme has been up and running for about 18 months, meaning that not every eating establishment will have a rating yet. For further information visit www.ratings.food.gov.uk

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