Revealed: Walthamstow's restaurants rated lowest for hygiene

Nine restaurants in Walthamstow were rated zero or one out of five for hygiene by the Food  Standards Agency

Nine restaurants in Walthamstow were rated zero or one out of five for hygiene by the Food Standards Agency

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Fancy somewhere new for dinner tonight? A spot of chicken? A Chinese? Maybe even a kebab after a couple of pints?

If so you may want to read this before making your choice - for these are the restaurants with the lowest hygiene ratings in Walthamstow.

These nine restaurants have, according to the Food Standards Agency website, been awarded either zero or one star out of a possible five in their latest inspections - meaning the restaurants are either in urgent or major need of improvement.

Natalie Glanvill takes a look at the list of shame.

Eddie's Lunch Box, in Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Road, currently has a rating of zero - requiring urgent improvement. The cafe was last inspected in July last year. When the Guardian visited, but no-one was available for comment.  

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QFC - Inspectors obviously didn't agree that Quality Fried Chicken was what customers always got from this takeaway - the second in Walthamstow to have a zero rating. The bad news was broken to managers in November, with inspectors finding a mice infestation at the joint in Wood Street, Walthamstow. An employee, who did not want to be named, told the Guardian the business had been re-inspected and staff had received the necessary training.

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Barkat's Grill and Kebabish, in Palmerston Road, Walthamstow, is an Indian takeaway, grill and kebab house. It was last inspected on February 5 and has a hygiene rating of just one. Worker Mohammed Ali said: "There was a problem with the extractor fan as it was not working and the walls were a bit dirty, but we have since made improvements."

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Kebabish Original, in St James Street, Walthamstow is a kebab restaurant and takeaway. The premises were also recently inspected on February 5 and also has a food hygiene rating of one. Owner Syed Ali-Shah said the problem was that he simply wasn't there that much. He said: "I hadn't spent enough time there as I was abroad quite a bit," he added. "We have made the necessary improvements and will be asking for a re-inspection in two months." But the business is now in the process of changing owners. 

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Shere Khan's Chilli and Spice, in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, sells traditional Indian-style cuisine. It has a hygiene rating of one and was last inspected on July 4 2013. Owner Ahmad Rahan admitted there had been problems. He said: "We had some problems in the kitchen with our staff but everyone has now had the latest hygiene training."

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Village Food Court of Hoe Street in Walthamstow is a cafe that sells Indian food. It was closed down in August last year after inspectors found cockroaches and mice. Nice. It was recently inspected on January 7. The Guardian was unable to contact the owner. It has one star.

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Ming Chinese Restaurant, in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, offers Oriental food. It has a hygiene rating of one and was last inspected on October 9, 2013. The Guardian was unable to contact the owner.

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Miod Malina, in High Street, Walthamstow, is a Polish restaurant. It opened two years ago and has a hygiene rating of one. It was last inspected on May 28, 2013. Owner Gosia Eicholc disagrees with the rating. She said: "I disagree - it is higher than one. We don't need major improvements. Everything is clean and our staff have been trained in health and safety and food hygiene."

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Spring Cafe, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, offers hot and cold food and traditional English breakfasts. It has a hygiene rating of one and was last inspected on September 25 2013. Owner Yasar Coskuner said his business does not require any improvement to its cleanliness.He said: "It's clean. I have two people that clean all the time, not including myself. It's not busy all the time so we are always cleaning. Anyone can come and check it if they want."

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Hygiene ratings are ranked 0 to 5.

0 - Urgent improvement necessary

1 - Major improvement necessary

2 - Improvement necessary

3 - Generally satisfactory

4 - Good

5 - Very good 

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5:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

What a disgrace for both these operators and London Borough of Waltham Forest to allow these places to remain open whilst they flout the law and endanger the public. More of this naming and shaming is needed to force any proprietors thinking of skimping on hygiene to think again. These people are playing games with people's health and it is just wrong that they should be able to retrospectively comply with legislation.

I hope that any users of these premises read this article and refrain from using them until they get their house in order.
What a disgrace for both these operators and London Borough of Waltham Forest to allow these places to remain open whilst they flout the law and endanger the public. More of this naming and shaming is needed to force any proprietors thinking of skimping on hygiene to think again. These people are playing games with people's health and it is just wrong that they should be able to retrospectively comply with legislation. I hope that any users of these premises read this article and refrain from using them until they get their house in order. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 54

5:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

jackblack007 says...

and the moral of this story...DO NOT EAT IN WALTHAM FOREST '
and the moral of this story...DO NOT EAT IN WALTHAM FOREST ' jackblack007
  • Score: 27

8:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

DogandDuck says...

The Chinese one should be renamed to Ming Inn
The Chinese one should be renamed to Ming Inn DogandDuck
  • Score: 62

10:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

fabster says...

Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?
Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises? fabster
  • Score: 41

7:14am Sat 22 Mar 14

Techno3 says...

fabster wrote:
Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?
If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering .
[quote][p][bold]fabster[/bold] wrote: Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?[/p][/quote]If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering . Techno3
  • Score: 37

7:21am Sat 22 Mar 14

stickmanny says...

Eddie's Lunch Box
Eddie's Lunch Box stickmanny
  • Score: -1

7:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

Techno3 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
What a disgrace for both these operators and London Borough of Waltham Forest to allow these places to remain open whilst they flout the law and endanger the public. More of this naming and shaming is needed to force any proprietors thinking of skimping on hygiene to think again. These people are playing games with people's health and it is just wrong that they should be able to retrospectively comply with legislation.

I hope that any users of these premises read this article and refrain from using them until they get their house in order.
It is one of the great mysteries of Waltham Forest that these places get shut down by magistrates but the council allows them to re-open within days and carry on in business with such low scores.

I am fairly certain that the Barkat Grill in Palmerston Road was in such a shoddy state it has aldready been shut down by magistates within the past few years.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: What a disgrace for both these operators and London Borough of Waltham Forest to allow these places to remain open whilst they flout the law and endanger the public. More of this naming and shaming is needed to force any proprietors thinking of skimping on hygiene to think again. These people are playing games with people's health and it is just wrong that they should be able to retrospectively comply with legislation. I hope that any users of these premises read this article and refrain from using them until they get their house in order.[/p][/quote]It is one of the great mysteries of Waltham Forest that these places get shut down by magistrates but the council allows them to re-open within days and carry on in business with such low scores. I am fairly certain that the Barkat Grill in Palmerston Road was in such a shoddy state it has aldready been shut down by magistates within the past few years. Techno3
  • Score: 11

9:21am Sat 22 Mar 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

Seems all is not straight(forward) at the Town Hall
Seems all is not straight(forward) at the Town Hall MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 9

11:18am Sat 22 Mar 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Techno3 wrote:
fabster wrote:
Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?
If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering .
Go on then who is it lol
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fabster[/bold] wrote: Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?[/p][/quote]If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering .[/p][/quote]Go on then who is it lol SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 12

3:52pm Sat 22 Mar 14

fed up man says...

the kebabish is owned by the mayors family and is the worst kebabish in th uk!!
more slaps on the face of the walthamstow pakistani community!!!
the kebabish is owned by the mayors family and is the worst kebabish in th uk!! more slaps on the face of the walthamstow pakistani community!!! fed up man
  • Score: 35

4:51pm Sat 22 Mar 14

anthony.mason says...

You guys are trying to bully the restaurant & takeaway community, We don't advertise with you and we will never advertise with you !!!!!!
You guys are trying to bully the restaurant & takeaway community, We don't advertise with you and we will never advertise with you !!!!!! anthony.mason
  • Score: -48

5:29pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Redbridge person says...

worth noting is that the majority are obviously halal....serving this dreadful food....halal now banned in denmark, australia soon to ban it and hopefully the uk.
worth noting is that the majority are obviously halal....serving this dreadful food....halal now banned in denmark, australia soon to ban it and hopefully the uk. Redbridge person
  • Score: 8

6:14pm Sat 22 Mar 14

eriktheviking says...

How often should a hygiene certificate be updated.. perhaps some market venues should also be checked/
How often should a hygiene certificate be updated.. perhaps some market venues should also be checked/ eriktheviking
  • Score: 10

10:44pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Walthamster says...

Techno3 wrote:
fabster wrote:
Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?
If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering .
Very interesting!
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fabster[/bold] wrote: Anyone fancy a guess which local High St ward Councillor owns the Kebabish Original premises?[/p][/quote]If it is who I think it is he didn't get his MBE for services to catering .[/p][/quote]Very interesting! Walthamster
  • Score: 6

2:39pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Snoogans says...

They should publish a list of the top 10 best and then let the people decide which stay in business.
They should publish a list of the top 10 best and then let the people decide which stay in business. Snoogans
  • Score: 7

3:23pm Mon 24 Mar 14

EppingRes1dent says...

Hygiene ratings, in their current form are a waste of time. Those establishments with poor ratings simply don't display the sticker at the entrance. The unsuspecting public is none the wiser and they carry on regardless. Displaying the sticker should be mandatory.
Hygiene ratings, in their current form are a waste of time. Those establishments with poor ratings simply don't display the sticker at the entrance. The unsuspecting public is none the wiser and they carry on regardless. Displaying the sticker should be mandatory. EppingRes1dent
  • Score: 18

6:11pm Mon 24 Mar 14

cynicalsue says...

Most of those places look filthy from the outside; you'd be a fool to eat anything bought from there!
Most of those places look filthy from the outside; you'd be a fool to eat anything bought from there! cynicalsue
  • Score: 9

11:09am Wed 26 Mar 14

Paul Skinner says...

EppingRes1dent wrote:
Hygiene ratings, in their current form are a waste of time. Those establishments with poor ratings simply don't display the sticker at the entrance. The unsuspecting public is none the wiser and they carry on regardless. Displaying the sticker should be mandatory.
+1 to that. It is now mandatory in Wales. But as a general rule, if it doesn't display a sticker it's pretty likely to be sub-par.
[quote][p][bold]EppingRes1dent[/bold] wrote: Hygiene ratings, in their current form are a waste of time. Those establishments with poor ratings simply don't display the sticker at the entrance. The unsuspecting public is none the wiser and they carry on regardless. Displaying the sticker should be mandatory.[/p][/quote]+1 to that. It is now mandatory in Wales. But as a general rule, if it doesn't display a sticker it's pretty likely to be sub-par. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 6

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