EATING out in the Stafford borough? You’ll be spoilt for choice for five-star eateries, according to council chiefs.
The Stafford and Stone area has the grand total of 488 restaurants, cafes, pubs and take-aways with a five-star food hygiene rating, the council’s community services scrutiny committee heard.
And 96 per cent of food businesses in the borough are at a satisfactory standard or better, regulatory services manager Robert Simpson told councillors.
No food outlets had received a zero hygiene score, and only 10 had received a one-star rating.
“The vast majority of business want to comply with hygiene standards, and they just need information and guidance,” Mr Simpson said.
The high quality of food outlets was good news for tourism, he added.
“It shows that the Stafford area is a good place to visit and enjoy a meal out,” Mr Simpson said.
“We have also seen 137 new food businesses open in the borough over the past year. That shows confidence in the economy, and that Stafford borough is a good place to come and work.”
He said Town Centre Partnership events such as the Cheese and Ale Festival were also proving successful in boosting trade and tourism.
Meanwhile the council’s food hygiene staff were also scoring highly. A Which? survey rated Stafford as the second best performing borough in the West Midlands on food inspections, and the 34th out of 395 councils nationally.