Six east London food businesses have failed their food hygiene inspections in the last week – including a school cafeteria.

The food businesses, ranging from chicken shops, to Chinese takeaways, to Kebab spots, cafes and even a school cafeteria have all been given a food hygiene raring of one out of five by council food safety officers.

All six of the establishments are in the borough of Waltham Forest:

  • Chicken and Grill in High Road, Leyton.
  • Khan G Kebabish in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton.
  • Happy Valley in Richmond Road, Leytonstone.
  • Armstrong Audio Coffee in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow.
  • Ricco’s Café in High Street, Walthamstow.
  • Olive Dining at Walthamstow School for Girls in Church Hill, Walthamstow.

A one out of five hygiene rating – the second worst possible score – is labelled ‘major improvement necessary’.

Surprisingly, Olive Dining at Walthamstow School for Girls was rated the highest possible score, five, following its previous inspection in 2018.

The primary and secondary school catering company – which provides services to almost 30 schools – has four and five ratings at all of its other schools including Buxton School in Leytonstone and Chingford Foundation School.

Ricco’s Café and Armstrong Audio Coffee have also both seen dramatic fall-offs in rating, having previously been given four ratings in 2018.

Khan G Kebabish and Happy Valley have a history of failing hygiene ratings – with three considered a passable score (generally satisfactory).

In 2019 Khan G Kebabish was rated zero and in 2020 it improved to a one score where it remains following the most recent inspection.

Happy Valley was rated two in 2018, falling to one in January of this year and has been scored one again following a March inspection.

When inspecting a premise, food safety officers review three criteria:

  • Hygienic food handling
  • Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building
  • Management of food and systems to ensure food served is safe to eat

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