Leyland eateries blasted for poor food hygiene

Isolabella, Hough Lane, Leyland
Isolabella, Hough Lane, Leyland

Two Leyland eateries have landed the worst possible food hygiene rating - no stars at all - in the annual round of visits by South Ribble Council inspectors.

Pizza Costa in Bristol Avenue, Farington, and Isolabella in Hough Lane, Leyland, both failed the hygiene test set by the Food Standards Agency.

The council’s deputy leader, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been in place for more than two years now and has really helped residents to make more informed choices about where they eat out and buy their groceries.

“Many of our food businesses in South Ribble are achieving the top ratings and it’s a real credit to them for maintaining such high standards.”

No-one from Isolabella was available for comment*

But at the historic Eagle and Child pub in Church Road, Leyland, manager Lynn Barnes was unhappy with her establishment only rating one star.

“Last year we were a four, so I think being marked down to a one is pretty harsh,” she said. “It can’t do our business any good and I think it is very unfair.

“The inspector who came ticked everything off as being fine, apart from the area of the kitchen where the fryers and grills are.

“He said there was a bit of grease there and it needed a good clean. He said he would come back and have another look. So we did that straight away.

“We have even got a firm coming out this week to do a proper deep clean, so it will be spotless. Yet this food hygiene rating will stay in place for a whole year. It’s bound to affect our trade.

“Our regulars know it isn’t accurate. They won’t be concerned.”

* The owner from Pizza Costa has since contacted the Guardian to explain that the establishment has now been graded two stars, although those results were not published on the Food Standards Agency website at the time of going to press.

He said the zero rating was given under the previous management.