No more dirty dining!

Thursday January 9, 2020
Five sparkling, bubbly clean plates with stars on, on a blue background

Look, we get it. We’ve all had days where we don’t feel like cooking. Perhaps we’re tired from work, or even a little worse for wear from a night out on the town. It could be tipping it down outside, so we don’t fancy going out to eat. Whatever the reason, it’s comforting to know that we can send some poor sod out in the downpour instead to bring us a takeaway pizza.

But as magical as it feels to open the front door in your onesie and be handed your pre-paid prize, it’s important to remember that your meal doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Have you ever thought about where that food comes from? And the conditions in which the ingredients were prepared, stored and cooked in?

Fortunately for us, not all heroes wear capes. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) acts as a safeguard to the dreaded realm of poor food hygiene, regulating UK restaurants to ensure they are compliant with health and safety standards. This includes assessments on the handling, preparation and storage of food, along with general cleanliness of the premises.

In case you didn’t know, the FSA food hygiene star rating scheme is as follows:

5 – hygiene standards are very good

4 – hygiene standards are good

3 – hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 – some improvement is necessary

1 – major improvement is necessary

0 – urgent improvement is required

It’s hard to ignore the elephant in the room. If we were going out to eat at a restaurant, would we really be comfortable choosing a venue with 3 stars for hygiene? Is ‘generally satisfactory’ good enough for us?

This begs further, inevitable questions. What’s wrong with this venue? What’s stopping it from achieving a ‘good’ rating of 4 at the very least? Bear in mind, this is hygiene we’re talking about.

Here at Get Tasty, we don’t list any venues with less than a 4-star food hygiene rating. Because it’s the right thing to do. Because we care more about the welfare of our users, than slapping every business in sight onto our app.

In the same way that vegans actively choose to avoid produce from animals, we should be more conscious and selective about where we choose to eat.

Dirty Dancing may be one of our favourite flicks here at Tasty Towers, but as for dirty dining? No thanks! We like our restaurants squeaky clean. What better way to brighten a grey, rainy day than a delicious meal in a warm and cosy pub?

Perhaps grabbing our coat and a brolley isn’t such a daunting prospect after all…

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