Carlisle’s dinners are being processed at the cleanest restaurants in the country, new data shows.
The figures revealed that the city has the highest average food hygiene score in the country, at 4.9 out of five.
The good news came as restaurants prepared to finally be allowed to serve customers indoors from today after months of lockdown restrictions. The coronavirus crisis has made hygiene in the sector even more important.
Some restaurants contributing to Carlisle’s high score included the now-closed Siam Thai Restaurant, Nandos and Dempsey’s, which all scored five out of five.
Robert Dance, who owns Siam Thai with his wife, was pleased with the outcome.
He said: “This is fantastic news – I didn’t know it. I am very happy.
“They work really hard there to keep it going – it’s really my wife’s restaurant, I just do whatever is in the background.
“They can’t wait to reopen today.”
The data was collected by End-ofTenancy-london.co.uk, which analyzed the food hygiene ratings of restaurants, cafes and canteens with a current rating in different cities across the UK.
The average food hygiene score out of 5 for each city in the UK was then ranked from highest to lowest to see which towns had the cleanest and dirtiest restaurants.
After Carlisle in second place, Gloucester got an average score of 4.87 out of five. A few places brought down the city, with one restaurant receiving a score of zero.
In third place was Worcester with an average score of 4.81, while Hartlepool, Lincoln, Southampton and Chatham occupied fourth place with average scores of 4.8.
At the other end of the scale, Birmingham had the worst food hygiene average score at 4.15, followed by Salford at 4.29 and London at 4.3.