The pubs and bars with the lowest food hygiene ratings across the North East

While some drinkers may opt for a light bar snack such as Nobby’s Nuts or their favourite flavour of Walker’s, others like to enjoy some classic pub grub on their outing. And while cheap and cheerful dishes like fish and chips, or steak and ale pies are enough to get the taste buds flowing – the food hygiene ratings of some establishments serving them up may do the complete opposite. Of course, not all bars and pubs have a ‘dinky diner’ status – with some excelling for their almost world-class carveries and light bites as well as organisation and preparation in the kitchen.

But there are some across the North East who have simply failed in terms of cleanliness and sanitation in the eyes of visiting authorities when judgement day has beckoned. : The food hygiene ratings for every McDonald’s in the North East We all know that judgement can be skewed following a number of alcoholic drinks, so it’s important that punters are aware of the ratings before their visit in case they decide to get a bite.

In a recent poll, 85 per cent of people said that they wouldn’t eat from a pub or bar with a 0 food hygiene rating, with the rest of those participating happy to ignore scores. So we’ve taken a look at every single food hygiene rating for bars and pubs across the North East, compiling a list of the lowest scoring from each area according to the Food Standards Agency. In the ratings, five is top of the scale, where standards are very good, and zero is at the bottom, where urgent improvement is necessary.

*All food hygiene ratings were correct at the time of writing*

Newcastle

Powerhouse – 19 Westmorland Road, NE1 4EQ Date of inspection: 11 March 2017 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

The Charles Grey – 118 Grey Street, NE1 6JG Date of inspection: 4 July 2020 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Gateshead

Gilbert & Smiths – 413 Durham Road, NE9 5AN

Date of inspection: 29 March 2022 Food hygiene rating: 1 star Portland Arms – Split Crow Road, NE10 9HL

Date of inspection: 4 June 2019 Food hygiene rating: 1 star The Rising Sun Inn – Greenside Road, NE40 4EE

Date of inspection: 18 January 2022 Food hygiene rating: 1 star Stormont Main WMC – Springwell Avenue, NE9 7JN

Date of inspection: 7 October 2021 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Sunderland

The Tram Car Inn – Southwick Green, SR5 2HT Date of inspection: 21 January 2020

Food hygiene rating: 1 star The Biddick Inn – Bonemill Lane, NE38 8AJ Date of inspection: 23 March 2022

Food hygiene rating: 2 stars The Blandford – 36 Blandford Street, SR1 3JH Date of inspection: 16 April 2019

Food hygiene rating: 2 stars The Avenue – Zetland Street, SR6 0EQ Date of inspection: 26 February 2019

Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Durham

Horden Social Welfare Centre – Seventh Street, SR8 4LX Date of inspection: 30 November 2017 Food hygiene rating: 1 star

The Travellers Rest – Front Street, DH7 6TQ Date of inspection: 7 March 2022 Food hygiene rating: 1 star

Cockton Hill WMC – 32 Cockton Hill Road, DL14 6AH Date of inspection: 17 April 2019 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

The Bay Horse – 42 Southside Middridge, DL5 7JD Date of inspection: 4 April 2022 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

The Crook Hotel – 56 Hope Street, DL15 9HU Date of inspection: 14 March 2022 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Dun Cow – Primrose Hill, DH4 6DY Date of inspection: 21 September 2021 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

North Tyneside

The Jolly Bowman – Addington Drive, NE28 9UR

Date of inspection: 9 March 2022 Food hygiene rating: 1 star

South Tyneside

Whitburn Golf Club – Lizard Lane, NE34 7AF Date of inspection: 14 March 2022

Food hygiene rating: 1 star The Buddha Lounge – The Sea Lodge, NE33 2LD Date of inspection: 11 November 2021

Food hygiene rating: 2 stars Incontri at the Crown and Anchor – Chapel Road, NE32 3LX Date of inspection: 21 July 2020

Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Northumberland

Greys Inn – Embleton, NE66 3UY Date of inspection: 22 August 2019 Food hygiene rating: 1 star

Three Wheat Heads – Thropton, NE65 7LR Date of inspection: 9 September 2021 Food hygiene rating: 1 star

Masons Arms – Plessey Road, NE24 3JD Date of inspection: 7 May 2021 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

Red Lion Inn – 22 Northumberland Street, NE66 2RJ Date of inspection: 26 August 2021 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

The Blake Arms – Station Road, NE23 7AF Date of inspection: 10 September 2020 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

The Dyke Neuk – Meldonpark Corner, NE61 3SL Date of inspection: 27 January 2020 Food hygiene rating: 2 stars

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