Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is participating in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)

The scheme has been introduced by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. Restaurants takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels and other places people eat away from home, as well as supermarkets and other retail outlets, are given FHRS ratings.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) provides local residents and visitors with information about the standard of food hygiene found on the day of inspection, the rating does not reflect food quality. A number of premises in the Isles of Scilly have already been rated, the details of which can be viewed by members of the public on the Food Strandards Agency's website. Businesses are also sent a sticker and certificate to display on their premises for members of the public to see. The ratings are on a numerical scale that ranges from '0' (urgent improvement necessary) at the bottom, to '5' (very good) at the top.

What are you rated on?

The Environmental Health Officer inspecting a business will check how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.
  • What the condition of the structure of the buildings is like – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
  • How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

If you have recently received a hygiene rating and would like more information or are unhappy with your rating then you can contact the Environmental Health Department: 01720 424317 | You can also download one of the above forms and return to Environmental Health, Council of the Isles of Scilly, Town Hall, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LW or email to