Leylanders are being encouraged to ‘look before you book’ this Christmas, when it comes to eating out with work colleagues, friends and family.
The Food Standards Agency’s hygiene rating system allows people to check the cleanliness of their favourite restaurants and pubs before they eat there.
The ratings are determined by South Ribble Council food safety officers and run from zero to five, with a five rating being the highest level of food hygiene.
In South Ribble, 93 per cent of food businesses are rated three or better, meaning they are generally satisfactory, good and very good.
In Leyland, there are seven pubs and restaurants which have fives stars – the Beijing, Charnock Farm, Dunkirk Hall, the Eagle and Child, the Leyland Lion, Midge Hall, and the Old Leyland Gates.
Earlier this year, the Eagle and Child was judged to have just one star, but new manager David Jones, who took over seven months ago, has worked hard to improve standards.
He said: “I think the ratings system is very important.
“And it’s a good thing for customers to be able to see it too.
“It also keeps everyone on their toes, and when you have a good rating like five stars, you can’t afford to let the standards slip.
“I think good hygiene practice happens naturally if everyone is doing their job.”
He added: “The amount of meals we’re serving now has trebled since we started, and beer sales have nearly doubled, so business is doing really well.
“I hope more people come to see us over Christmas.”
The four star pubs and restaurants in Leyland are the Fox and Lion, the New Seven Stars, the Railway at Leyland and the Viceroy.
Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities at South Ribble Council, said: “It’s very easy for people to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously.
“Businesses should be proud of their hygiene rating and display them where everyone can see. The message is look before you book this Christmas.”
Catherine Brown, chief executive of the Food Standards Agency, added: “This Christmas, do this one little thing for peace of mind when eating out. Take a moment to check the food hygiene rating, pick the right place, and enjoy a great meal out.”
To search eateries in Leyland, including cafes and takeaways, visit www.ratings.food.gov.uk/en-gb/south-ribble.