Leeds’ ‘unhygienic’ eateries named and shamed

The city’s most unhygienic food businesses can today be revealed.

Thursday, 15th October 2015, 12:33 pm

Across Leeds, there are 28 premises - including restaurants, takeaways and shops - currently rated as ‘zero’ by Leeds City Council environmental health inspectors.

The rating - from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) - means ‘urgent improvement’ is needed to meet safe hygiene standards after an inspection examined the handling of food, condition of the building and how the business is managed.

Food businesses are inspected every six months, or more if required, and as of this week, seven restaurants were among those rated with the lowest score.

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In the city centre, these included Peachy Keens Indian buffet restaurant at the Electric Press, from an inspection in June, and Miah’s Kitchen on York Place, which was inspected in May.

The ratings mean the businesses will become the focus of Leeds City Council’s inspectors to make sure standards are improved.

No-one at Peachy Keens or Miah’s Kitchen wished to comment.

The FSA scale goes from zero to five, with those achieving a grade of five judged to be the safest, cleanest and best.

In Leeds, 164 premises are currently rated as ‘one’ - meaning ‘major improvement’ is necessary - 69 of these are takeaways and 34 are restaurants.

Among the grade one-rated restaurants are the newly-opened Boss Burgers in Chapel Allerton, which was inspected last week (September 8), and The Greedy Pig on North Street, Leeds, which was last inspected in March this year.

Adam Ketteringham, director of Boss Burgers, said they are in the process of appealing the rating and said the restaurant uses the same procedures as their two other restaurants in Harrogate and Headingley, both of which have five-star ratings.

He said: “We do not agree with their decision at all. Our two other sites have five-star ratings using the same procedures. There are some inconsistencies regarding the inspection from the local authority.”

Joanna Myers, owner of The Greedy Pig, said theirs is a clean restaurant, with ingredients bought in fresh every day but that it was their paperwork - of readings such as fridge and oven temperatures - which had let them down.

She said: “We were short staffed and some things slipped and one of those was recordings. We know that we were wrong but it has been rectified. They are giving us a few months to show that we have kept on with it before they come back and re-assess.”

The majority of food-related businesses in Leeds, however, are currently rated as top of the scale at level five - meaning their food hygiene is ‘very good’.

Across the city, 2,674 presmises meet these top standards, including 278 takeaways and 634 restaurants.

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “Our environmental health officers are your eyes and ears behind the scenes, regularly inspecting kitchens, so you can look before you book.

“For any food business it makes good business sense to keep premises clean and food management practices up to scratch – people are going to want to go to places with higher standards.

“Environmental health officers can offer businesses their wealth of experience and expertise on all aspects of food safety to keep them on the right side of the law while keeping diners and shoppers safe.

“Our team will focus on the non-compliant businesses that fall below required standards and receive a low score. Consumers can rest assured that enforcement action is taken where needed to protect the public and ensure food businesses comply with the law. Ultimately we can and will close premises, but we’d much rather food business operators work with us to drive up standards.”

Aspokeswoman from the Food Standards Agency said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme tells people about the hygiene standards in food outlets at the time they are inspected by local authorities. This is important because it allows them to choose those businesses that have a good hygiene rating and avoid those that don’t meet the grade.

“It’s easy to find the latest ratings which are available online and via your smartphone, it hardly takes a minute to check. We do encourage food businesses to display their ratings at their premises and use them in advertising. In fact, those with higher ratings say it’s good for business. Over 90% of food businesses have a rating of 3 or better so there are plenty to choose from.”

**The figures and ratings are based the inspections which curently appear on the FSA website and are accurate at the time of writing.

The ratings are regularly updated and many businesses may currently be waiting for repeat visits from council inspectors.

The FSA scale goes from zero to five, with those achieving a grade of five judged to be the safest, cleanest and best. One means ‘major improvement’ is necessary.

Note: The figures and ratings are based the inspections which curently appear on the FSA website and are accurate at the time of writing.

These are the takeaways and restaurants currently rated as ‘one’ in the Food Standard Agency’s food hygiene ratings:

Takeaways

168 Chinese Takeaway - 17 Alexandra Road, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4HE

Adel Pizza - 431 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS16 6AJ

BFC - 261 Dewsbury Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS11 5HZ

Caesars Pizza Takeaway - 40 Selby Road, Osmondthorpe, Leeds LS9 0HJ

Chachas - 207 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS8 3QH

China China - 2 Leeds Road, Kippax, Leeds LS25 7LT

China Orchid - 136 Britannia Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 0DY

Clifton Fisheries - 46 - 48 Clifton Avenue, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 6EU

Crave - 14 The Crescent, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NW

Deli Chez - 27 New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD

Desi Khana - 126 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 5NA

Dinner Box - 843 York Road, Leeds, LS14 6AA

Dragon City - 31 Westgate, Otley, LS21 3AT

Drakes Fish And Chips - 128 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7

Ecco Pizzeria - 93 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3PS

Famous Balti And Pizza Takeaway206 York Road, Leeds, LS9 9LN

Fat Joes - 4 Amberton Approach, Gipton, Leeds LS8 3JT

Five Star Cook - 5 Fairfield Mount, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3EE

Greedy Grahams - Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7HL

Grill N Chill - 332 Dewsbury Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS11 7DJ

Hai Loi Tang Chinese Takeaway - 16 - 18 Bradford Road, Stanningley, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 6DD

Homer Chicken - 77 Raglan Road, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DZ

Hong Kong Chef - 133 Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DF

Ideal Fisheries - Ground Floor Shop, 39 Tong Road, Farnley, Leeds LS12 1HQ

Ideal Fisheries - Ground Floor Shop, 39 Tong Road, Farnley, Leeds LS12 1HQ

Indian Spice - 30A Astley Lane, Swillington, Leeds LS26 8UD

Jeera - 61 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 8EB

Jubo Raj - 1A Highfield Terrace, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6DX

Livorno - Livorno Pizzas, 52 Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates, Leeds LS15 8DX

Local Friends (Middleton) - 22 Town Street, Middleton, Leeds LS10 3PN

Lotus (Woodlesford) - 44 Church Street, Woodlesford, Leeds LS26 8RD

Lucky Boat - 60 Leeds Road, Otley, Leeds LS21 1BT

Makkah Bakery - 16A Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5PB

Meccaway And Kashmir - 109 - 111 Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Leeds LS7 3HY

Morley Chinese Takeaway - 150 Fountain Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 0PX

Mr Sandwich - 83 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3PS

Napolena - 6 Top Moor Side, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 0AA

New Golden Crown - 48 Lowtown, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 7AA

New Taste Of China - 4 Osmondthorpe Cottages, Osmondthorpe Lane, Osmondthorpe, Leeds LS9 9EQ

Pizza Altalia - 92 Cross Gates Road, Cross Gates, Leeds LS15 7NL

Pizza Pot And Curry Hut - 32 Elland Road, Churwell, Morley, Leeds LS27 7SS

Port Royal - 60 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS8 4HF

Quality Meals Express - 112 Gledhow Valley Road, Gledhow, Leeds LS17 6LX

Rehman Pizza - 41 Summerfield Drive, Bramley, Leeds LS13 1AJ

RFC Chicken - 325 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS9 6AX

RFC Chicken - 325 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS9 6AX

Royal Fish Bar - 210 Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DX

Shawarma Dubai - 384 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds LS4 2HQ

Shawarma Sandwich Bar - 73A Raglan Road, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DZ

Shirza Leeds - 10 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6EP

Shun Xing - 597 York Road, Leeds, LS9 6NW

Silver Grill - 4 Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5PB

Simpsons Pizza - 71 Raglan Road, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DZ

Sky Pizza Bar - 159 Dewsbury Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS11 5NW

Spice 4 U (Headingley) - 275 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS16 5LN

Spices Take Away - 265 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS8 3RG

Sullys Balti Ranch - 34A Middleton Park Road, Middleton, Leeds LS10 3ST

Sun Flower - 111 Otley Road, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 8AF

Taj Curry House - 140 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 5NA

The Chip Inn - 23 The Penny Hill Centre, Church Street, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2AP

The Frying Machine - 269 Selby Road, Osmondthorpe, Leeds LS15 7JR

The Shama - 37 Lowtown, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 7DF

The Topa Balti - 4 Kitchener Street, Woodlesford, Leeds LS26 8ST

UKFC - 65A Town Street, Armley, Leeds LS12 1XD

Venezia Pizza - 374 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds LS4 2HQ

Venice Pizza - 301 Harehills Lane, Harehills, Leeds LS9 6AA

Wan Loi Chinese Takeaway - 56 Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4JP

YFC - 281 Beeston Road, Beeston, Leeds LS11 7HX

York Road Fisheries And Pizza Bar - 350 York Road, Leeds, LS9 9DN

Yorkshire Fried Chicken - 2 - 2A Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5PB

Restaurants

115 The Headrow -Leeds, LS1 5JW

7 Spices - 203 - 207 Woodhouse Street, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NY

Amaans Kitchen - 30 Chapel Hill, Morley, Leeds LS27 8JP

Barrons - 20 Pepper Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2EU

Boss Burgers Kitchen And Bar - 38 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds LS7 4LA

Breakfast Cottage Cafe - Stall 465 And 466 Area 1981, Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds

Browns - 399 Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 7DF

Cafe Caldo - 206 Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DX

Cafe Jo Jo - 2 - 6 Fenton Street, Woodhouse, Leeds LS1 3EA

Caffechino - Upper Kiosk Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8NG

Coffee Mania - 62 Brudenell Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1EG

Coffee Rand - Lower Ground Floor, 28 Blenheim Terrace, Woodhouse Lane, Woodhouse LS2 9HD

Cranberry - 61 - 63 Kirkgate, Otley, LS21 3HN

Deli Licious - 239 Selby Road, Osmondthorpe, Leeds LS15 7HW

Doms Diner - 259 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4DR

East Africa - 11A Cherry Row, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 7LY 1

Filling Station Cafe - 1 Sutherland Terrace, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 6DR

Francos - 55 Victoria Road, Hyde Park, Leeds LS6 1AS 1

Mabgate Cafe And Sandwich Shop - 95-97 Mabgate, Sheepscar, Leeds LS9 7DR 1

Moo - 160A High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6BW

Newroz - 9B Cherry Row, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 7LY

Northcall - 53-55 Cranmer Bank, Moortown, Leeds LS17 5JD

Pavilion Cafe - 264 Dewsbury Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS11 6JQ

Pole Position Indoor Karting - South Accommodation Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 1QX

RFC - 11A Cherry Row, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 7LY 1

Rice Restaurant - 633A Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 4BA

Saffron Desi - Dawson House, Dawson Hill, Morley, Leeds LS27 9DF

Shadwell Tandoori - 85 Wike Ridge Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 9JF

Tasty Bites (Hunslet) - 315 Hunslet Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 1NJ

The Chilli Lodge - First Floor Acanthus Golf Centre, Thorpe Lane, Tingley, Wakefield WF3 1SL

The Dining Room - 47 New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD 1

The Greedy Pig - 58 North Street, Sheepscar, Leeds LS2 7PN

The Woods - Stainbeck Lane, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 3PG 1

Zara Cafe9E Cherry Row, Burmantofts, Leeds LS9 7LY