The 5-star Holm House Hotel on Marine Parade overlooks the sea

The 5-star Holm House Hotel on Marine Parade overlooks the sea

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 Food Standards Agency rating for the Holm House Hotel in Penarth

The Food Standards Agency rating for the Holm House Hotel in Penarth says “Major Improvement Necessary”

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” .

Penarth Labour Club in Glebe St was also amongst the food outlets with a lowly 1 rating

Penarth Labour Club in Glebe St was also amongst the food outlets with a lowly 1 rating

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  .

Bar 44 on Windsor Road, Penarth

Bar 44 on Windsor Road, Penarth

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

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  1. Christopher David says:

    I don’t understand how an establishment can be allowed to keep it kitchens open if it can’t achieve at least a three and maybe four!

    • pompousfruit says:

      I agree. 3 should be the minimum standard to stay open. I would never patronise any eating establishment or shops with a standard of less than 4 though.

  2. Alyson Llewellyn says:

    Well if they want a 5 star rating they need to contact me!😄

  3. Alyson says:

    They will be given a notice of improvement and a chance to appeal within 2/3 months.

  4. Christopher David says:

    Appeal or improve and ask for new rating ? Vast difference. If they are still a 1-3 in three months what then?

  5. Martin Coffee says:

    This hygiene thing is all part of the Namby Pamby society. When I was young we used common sense and, yes, we did get germs but we became immune to them. As hygiene has improved people have been exposed to less germs to become immune to so hygiene has to leapfrog.

    I’ve eaten in 1 star establishments, including Pier 64 with no ill effects and treat these ratings with the contempt they deserve. All I ask is that the kitchens use common sense and don’t servers their burgers rare.

    • pompousfruit says:

      Well then you were just lucky. And some cafes and restaurants would be serving burgers rare if it wasn’t for the FSA. Food hygiene isn’t just about the food served but the personal cleanliness of the staff and also the cleanliness kitchens and the public areas. I am always put off eating somewhere where the tables aren’t cleared and wiped after every customer.

      • Ellabell says:

        It’s also about paperwork ! If you have too much information in your files that can also have a effect on the ratings.

    • AK says:

      Pier 64 is five star, you need new specs

    • whatsoccurin says:

      It is a fair point-I recall getting “splints”-bits of wood in my hands when playing out when I was young- a blister would occur and I would have to squeeze the green pus out-it was my body getting rid of the infection . children probably never experience that these days-similarly when I had a Saturday job in “Woolies” our first job was to put the bread on the shelves-bread, much of it open which had been left in trays on the pavement by the early morning delivery baker-no-one asked if we had washed our hands or queried the hygiene of the pavement.-nowadays we have the “sell by” and “use by” dates which tell me if I want a late snack at 23-50 the ready meal is quite safe but at 00-10 is dangerous-come on nanny state back off a bit!

    • Ellabell says:

      Completely agree!

  6. Andrew sarchus says:

    Oh I prefer rare- and staff that wash their hands. I’ve seen what poor hygiene can do in Wales and third world countries. Quite a few people died quite recently……..in Wales.

  7. Don says:

    5 star hotel with a 1 star food hygiene rating, pretty poor that. I like the hygiene ratings, at least you can make an informed decision on where you eat, plus it makes places like up their game or lose a lot of custom.

  8. snoggerdog says:

    bar 44 is a 15!

  9. Louise says:

    That place is all fur coat and no knickers.

  10. Andrew sarchus says:

    Sounds good 🙂

  11. Peter Church says:

    I just find it amusing that the Penarth Labour Club is a 1 star rating, says it all really.
    They can’t even get beer and sandwiches right and we let them run the council.

    • pompousfruit says:

      I heard that food hygiene in the Conservative Club has low ratings as well. The Labour Club doesn’t have much to do with the Labour Party. Most Labour Party members don’t go there and most Labour Club members aren’t members of the Labour Party. Meetings are usually held in community centres and sports clubs.

  12. Andrew sarchus says:

    Cool Mr Church 😉

  13. Rachel says:

    Labour club rating doesn’t surprise me

  14. Ellabell says:

    Even if establishments have 5 it doesn’t mean to say they follow the regulations. I’ve been in high scored places and seen staff eating behind the counter!! Yes their paperwork is in order and building is sound. There are lots of factors that have a bearing on the points. How did we ever survive without them. Surely if it’s that unhygienic and dangerous EHO would shut it. There are new places open which don’t even have a rating as yet but there’s still trading and people eating in them. If your happy to eat there go for it and enjoy!!

  15. AK says:

    Doesn’t say much for the rating system which gives it five stars – this should be revoked until the food hygiene issues are resolved.

    Too many poorly paid zero hours staff in the industry generally, who could not give a monkey’s about food hygiene.

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