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Interactive map shows that North London is worse than South for food hygiene

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 13, 2015 in Food & Drink

Heading out for a nice meal in Cockfosters or Ponders End this evening? Best be careful where you do your dining, as almost a third of the London Borough of Enfield’s food and drink outlets have been rated poorly for hygiene.

A worrying 28.3 percent of the borough’s food premises scored two or less (out of five) with the government’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, with 2.7 percent of Enfield’s 1043 registered food and drink outlets scoring a big fat zero. This is troubling news indeed, since we’re pretty sure to score nothing you basically have to get caught stirring the beans with a stick you found on the street outside.

The dining dens of Hackney also scored badly for food hygiene, with 24.5 percent scoring two or less, with Islington and Harrow not far behind.

The worst offender down south, meanwhile, is Lewisham, with 20.6 percent of places you might choose to have your dinner in finding themselves on the ‘needs improvement’ list.

The data is all pulled from this nifty new colour-coded map, which breaks down pubs, restaurants and anywhere else serving food in your area by its food hygiene score. Circle of red dots surrounding your flat? Maybe have a root through the cupboards and rustle up something yourself tonight.

Here are some at-a-glance stats:

Percentage by borough of food premises scoring two or less out of five

Enfield 28.28%

Hackney 24.49%

Islington 21.69%

Harrow 20.64%

Lewisham 20.64%

Newham 20.34%

Ealing 19.24%

Hounslow 18.13%

Westminster 17.30%

Waltham Forest 17.22%

Sutton 16.85%

Bromley 15.35%

Brent 15.16%

Haringey 14.94%

Croydon 13.50%

Havering 13.40%

Tower Hamlets 13.29%

City of London 12.96%

Southwark 12.45%

Merton 12.32%

Camden 11.60%

Wandsworth 11.17%

Barking 10.93%

Bexley 10.68%

Greenwich 10.41%

Hammersmith 10.32%

Hillingdon 10.24%

Barnet 9.56%

Lambeth 8.46%

Kensington and Chelsea  8.27%

Kingston 7.37%

Richmond 6.51%

Redbridge 2.34%

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