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While John and I often attend industry dinners when we’re working away from home, occasionally we have to find somewhere ourselves to eat and this can be a bit of a minefield in an unfamiliar town.
Finding ourselves staying in Coleshill (just outside Birmingham) for the first time last week, we decided to try what looked like a rather smart Asian restaurant close to our hotel. And although we had a delicious meal, neither one of us felt 100% the following day. The restaurant had looked really clean and the service had been excellent – and as we’ve both been eating hot curries for years, we didn’t put feeling a little ‘off colour’ down to our meal.
In reading yesterday that David Ward MP, is campaigning for it to be made compulsory for the Food Standards Agency’s food hygiene scores to be displayed on each establishment’s door (as only those with excellent scores tend to display them) I couldn’t help but check out the score that had been awarded to the establishment in which John and I had dined last week…
A score of ‘1’, which means ‘major improvement needed’ did little to reassure me that we’d chosen well that evening – although I must admit that this score was from the last inspection in early December and the improvements certainly looked as if they had been made. I wonder what the kitchens and washrooms were like though?
Understandably perhaps, I fully support David Ward’s campaign and hope in future that scores on every door will help us all decide where to eat.
After all, what better way is there to ensure that the highest standards are met by every establishment, than have any shortcomings exposed at the entrance to the eatery?
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13th March 2014