Havering only London borough with no zero-star restaurants for food hygiene

PUBLISHED: 14:36 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:49 28 October 2015

Havering is the only London borough with no zero-star restaurants

Havering is the only London borough with no zero-star restaurants


Who needs Michelin-star restaurants when you can boast about being the only London borough to have no establishments with the lowest rating for food hygiene?

That’s right, whatever you may think about that kebab shop down the road, know that Havering has none of the worst eateries for cleanliness.

The Food Standards Agency rates hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.

The scale ranges from five stars (very good), right down to zero stars (urgent improvement necessary) – but you don’t need to worry about that.

There’s even 578 places with a five-star rating.

Sure, there are 137 with one-star, but you can find worse than that everywhere else in the capital.

Camden is the worst offender, with 30 zero-star establishments, while Ealing has 28.

Closer to home, Redbridge has five, Barking and Dagenham one and Newham 23.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for regulatory services, said he was pleased to see the council’s hard work recognised.

“This is something we take seriously,” he said. “We work hard to ensure food outlets take responsibility for their hygiene standards.

“We take enforcement action whenever necessary to make sure that outlets in the borough comply with the rules and I am pleased to see this hard work has paid off.”

What do you think of Havering’s restaurants? Which is the best – and which is the worst? Contact Sam on 020 8477 3810 or email

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