9 restaurants, cafés and takeaways with a one or zero star food hygiene rating – Cambridge News

It’s hard to know where to eat out, whether that’s grabbing a takeaway or a sitting down to eat at a restaurant. Sometimes spontaneity pays off, but there’s nothing worse than when what was meant to be a treat turns into a disaster. You can’t be sure of a good decision unless you know all the details of an eatery, and that includes it’s food hygiene ratings.

To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up the restaurants, bars, and cafes in Cambridge with zero or one star food hygiene ratings.

Cafe Oriental, 9 Burleigh Street, 1/5

Cafe Oriental is known for its authentic Chinese food and is described as a ‘hidden gem’ by many TripAdvisor reviewers. But the report from June said improvement was necessary in the areas of hygienic food handling and the condition of the facilities. It also needs ‘major’ improvement in food safety management, which is about having checks in place to ensure food is safe.

Cambridgeshire Live has tried to contact the restaurant, but it is yet to comment.

Midan World Foods, 18-20 Histon Road, 0/5

The shop, which describes itself as a butchers and a grocery store, was told it needed ‘major improvement’ in terms of hygienic food handling by the Food Standards Agency. It was also told ‘urgent’ improvement was necessary in the management of food safety, which ensures staff are adequately trained to know about food safety and that there are checks in place to ensure food sold is safe to eat. The shop did not want to comment on the rating from June.

Midan World Foods needs to work on food safety management, according to the Food Standards Agency

Golden Spice, 74 Akeman Street, 1/5

The south Asian restaurant gets five out of six stars on Just Eat from more than 1,000 reviewers, but the cleanliness and condition of the facilities, which include having an appropriate layout and ventilation, meant Golden Spice was rated as in need of major improvement.

However, Golden Spice is also rated satisfactory in terms of hygienic food handling in the November report from the Food Standards Agency. Cambridgeshire Live has tried to contact the restaurant, but it is yet to comment.

Khang’s Fish Shop, 140 Wulfstan Way, 1/5

Though the condition and cleanliness of Chinese chippy’s facilities is satisfactory, improvement is needed in hygienic food handling, according to the report from September. Regardless, it gets positive reviews on TripAdvisor, with many people loving the large portions and combination of British and Chinese cuisines.

A spokesperson from the shop said they were working to improve the rating.

Kingsway Kebabs, Kingsway Carlton Way, 1/5

If you’re looking for a filling, greasy kebab and chips, you might stop at this food truck in Arbury. But according to the Food Standards Agency’s report in January, improvement is needed to tackle food handling issues at this mobile caterer’s kitchen. However, one new employee, Ozan, said they were working to improve the hygiene rating and doing regular deep cleanings of the premises.

The fast food takeaway will also be applying for a new inspection soon, where they hope to get five stars.

2648, 14A Trinity Street – 1/5

This hidden speakeasy tucked away on Trinity Street in a basement is known for its classic selection of ‘generously proportioned’ cocktails as well as food pop ups that regularly change. Though their food handling was hygienic and rated satisfactory, the condition of the facilities needs improvement, according to the report from November. However, the bar hosts different food trucks which change on a regular basis to handle that side of things.

At the time of the inspection, Reggae Kitchen had just started their pop up residence and they scored a perfect five. A spokesperson from the bar said that the environmental health officer (EHO) was not happy with the level of documentation of food hygiene, though the hygiene itself was fine, hence the low rating. They said: “She wanted to see more documentation that supported our process and improved recordings of all the cleaning duties and tasks performed around the venue on a daily basis.

“Since the last visit, an EHO has visited twice for follow up check ups and she has been happy with the improvements we have had to address the issues on documentation that she raised. Currently we are waiting for a final visit from EHO to regrade our rating.” Despite any issues, 2648 gets a decent 3.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor and gets many positive reviews.

Lagona, 22 Mill Road 1/5

Lagona is known for its delicious Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine.

However, in March it was given a rating of just 1 for the condition of its facilities, which could include having an appropriate layout, ventilation, and hand washing facilities. Regardless, the restaurant and cafe is popular with students in the area because of its home cooked food and Arabic coffee. Cambridgeshire Live has tried to contact the restaurant, but it is yet to comment.

9 restaurants, cafés and takeaways with a one or zero star food hygiene rating - Cambridge NewsLagona is popular thanks to its authentic Middle Eastern cuisine

Marui, 61 Regent Street, 1/5

If you love bubble tea, you’re probably familiar with this Asian cafe in the city centre.

If you’ve never tried it, bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink which contains ‘pearls’ that pop into your mouth and release a fruit juice for extra flavour. But in July, the cafe was given a low rating due to the condition of its facilities which are needed to maintain good food hygiene. Despite this, it gets great reviews on Just Eat and is especially popular with young people and tourists in Cambridge.

Cambridgeshire Live has tried to contact the cafe, but it is yet to comment.

Tommy Tucker Takeaway, 22 Milton Road, 1/5

This fast food place serves all sorts of delicious dinners if you’re in the mood for a burger or a kebab. However, improvement is needed in all areas of the restaurant, including hygienic food handling and the condition of the facilities, according to the report from March. Despite this, it was named one of the UK’s top drunk food spots .

Cambridgeshire Live has tried to contact the takeaway, but it is yet to comment.

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