Croydon’s dirty two dozen food outlets worst in outer London

Croydon has more restaurants and takeaways with zero-star hygiene ratings than any other outer London borough.

Check out the FSA website for the latest food hygiene ratings of restaurants

According to a report by ITV, there’s a dirty two dozen Croydon eateries which have scored a blank with the Food Standards Agency.

Neighbouring boroughs, such as Bromley (which has just three zero-rated restaurants), Sutton (seven) and Lambeth (three) appears to have much better standards of cleanliness and hygiene among their traders.

ITV described their findings as “London’s food hygiene shame”.

Camden, Ealing and Westminster all have more zero-starred food outlets than Croydon.

But our borough is top of the charts – or is that bottom? – for the number of zero-star takeaways, with 15 having been placed on a warning by the FSA.

“Across the city 358 establishments scored zero – which means urgent improvement is needed,” ITV reported. “The owners have 14 days to appeal the rating – if they decide not to, many are allowed to stay open under the proviso that they will improve safety.

“When a restaurant is deemed to be an immediate risk to the public, it is closed down.”

Croydon’s zero-starred places to avoid include:

Fast Eddys on Thornton High Street (inspected in June 2015)

Mirch Masala in Coulsdon (inspected in October 2014), part of a chain of restaurants whose owner was fined £20,000 in April on eight counts of breaking hygiene law, when his own lawyer described the conditions in one restaurant as “abhorrent”, and

the Aqua Brasserie (March 2015) on South End, on what the council insists on pretentiously (and misleadingly) re-titling the “restaurant quarter”.

Each individual outlet’s hygiene status can change when re-inspected.

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