JDW food rating score almost perfect

By Gary Lloyd

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Tuck in: JDW, which is chaired by Tim Martin, has scored impressively high across the UK for its food hygiene
Tuck in: JDW, which is chaired by Tim Martin, has scored impressively high across the UK for its food hygiene

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JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has scored an average rating of 4.99 out of 5 in the latest food hygiene rating league for its 763 pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), which is an independent government scheme that assesses the level of hygiene standards in pubs, restaurants, takeaways, clubs and cafes, is run by local authorities.

It scores outlets between 0 and 5, with the highest possible rating of five meaning ‘very good’ hygiene practices and safety systems in place, fully complying with the law.

The ratings of FHRS follow an independent assessment of food hygiene at the various premises, determined by local authority environmental health officers visiting outlets to assess hygiene levels.

Three areas of assessment

Environmental health officers assess three areas: food hygiene and safety procedures; structural compliance; and confidence in management.

JDW’s personnel and retail audit director James Ullman said: “We are proud of our pubs’ hygiene ratings.

“To achieve an average rating of 4.99 out of 5 across 763 pubs is a wonderful achievement by our pub managers and staff.

“We will continue to strive to maintain the highest standards of hygiene in our pubs at all times.”

Top-of-market expectations

Last month, the managed pubs operator announced life-for-like sales had increased by 9.1% for its third quarter and predicted sales for its 2023 financial year would be a record high​.

Chairman Tim Martin said at the time: “Lockdowns and associated restrictions have had more profound and longer-lasting consequences than most economists, politicians and commentators predicted.

“Sales in the last quarter have continued their positive momentum, although inflation, especially in labour, energy and food costs, remains a more intractable issue.

“In order to bear down on inflation, political parties should encourage free enterprise, rather than a reliance on additional regulations. A lack of understanding, among some senior politicians, about the need to encourage a successful free market economy, presents a real threat to the future prosperity of the country.

“The company expects profits in the current financial year to be towards the top-of-market expectations.”

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