The Food Standards Agency the national agency that looks after food hygiene ratings across the UK has awarded The Flying Fleece, Ambleside, a 5-star rating.

The food hygiene scoring system goes from 0 to 5, with 5 meaning “very good”. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency. It’s government led and operates in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It’s dedicated to assessing the hygiene levels of restaurants, takeaways, food shops, and cafes. And it’s all about making sure food in the UK is safe to consume.

An Environmental Health Food Safety Officer calculates the score of your premises from 25 (very poor) to 0 (perfect) using the Food Law Code of Practice. Scores are finalised by adding together the points scored in each of the three categories (hygiene, structural, and management compliance) and making sure there is no significant failing in any category.

The ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times, this includes food handling, how food is stored, how food is prepared, the cleanliness of facilities and how food safety is managed.

We all know that food safety issues can seriously damage a food establishments reputation, so a food hygiene rating sign is an instant and friendly reassurance that tells potential customers to ‘come in we have high standards of food hygiene!