The exclusive five-star Holm House Boutique Hotel in Marine Parade, Penarth has been given a food-hygiene rating of only “1” (the next-to-lowest rating possible) – by Food Inspectors working for the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Food Standards Agency.
The Holm House – which was inspected on December 7th 2015 – is amongst 7 local food outlets in Penarth which currently have a rating of only “1” . Its rating bears the words “Major Improvement Necessary” .
The others with the same low rating were Lucky House, Tennyson Road; M & M Kebab & Pizza House, Glebe Street; One Stop, Cornerswell Road; Penarth Labour Club, Glebe Street; and Cylch Meithrin Bethel, Bethel Chapel Plassey Street Penarth.
The Food Standards Agency says each business is given a food hygiene rating when it is inspected by a Food Safety Officer from the local authority. The inspectors check how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, the cleanliness and condition of the structure of the buildings and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
At the end of each inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. The Food Standards Agency says “any business should be able to reach this top rating”.
At the other end of the scale, a total of 99 food outlets of various kinds in Penarth receive the highest hygiene rating – a “5” including several institutions , care homes and – reassuringly – Llandough Hospital .
Cafes, restaurants and B&Bs with a “5″ rating include Bar44, the Victoria Tea Rooms on Cornerswell Road, the Bears Head pub, the Windsor Tea Rooms, the Busy Teapot on Glebe St , Tony’s Taste of Italy, the Albion pub, Romeo’s by the Sea, the Pier Cafe, Brecon Lodge, Greggs, The Harvester on Lavernock Road, the Wishful House, the Celtic Lounge, Coffee #1, Penarth Leisure Centre and – in Penarth Marina – Pier 64, El Puerto & La Marina at the Custom House.
The complete list of hygiene ratings can be seen on the Food Agency website on http://tinyurl.com/zjjnqkw