Shrewsbury restaurants among cleanest in the UK
Shrewsbury's restaurants are among the most hygienic in the country, according to a new report.
Food hygiene data from 250,000 food businesses across the UK has been analysed to investigate how towns and cities compare nationally.
The county town attained the highest rating in the West Midlands, with an average of 4.66 out of five, and was the only West Midlands town to be placed in the top 10.
Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for communities, place, planning and regulatory services, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the results from this report. This demonstrates the hard work and commitment of the team who work with businesses to ensure that they meet the requirements of food hygiene law so that food is safe to eat for our customers.
"It’s now great to see that Shrewsbury is one of the safest places to eat in the West Midlands.
“We are very proud of our food industry in Shropshire and our ethos of producing and serving a fantastic variety of home-grown produce. We can also boast that we have some of the best restaurants outside London.
“I would therefore like to thank all those people that work hard in our food industry across the county in helping to shape Shropshire as a special place in the food world."
Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, added: “This is great news for Shrewsbury and is testament to the high quality of food establishments operating in the town.
“One of Shrewsbury’s greatest strengths is the huge variety of places to eat and drink within the town centre, and this news confirms that Shrewsbury is one of the finest towns in the region for dining out.”
Walsall had the lowest average food hygiene rating of all towns and cities in the UK, with an average of 3.68 out of 5.
The report, by e-learning provider High Speed Training, also revealed that one in nine UK takeaways has a food hygiene rating of two or less.