85 Birmingham Restaurants Rated ‘Zero’ for Hygiene

Birmingham City Council and the Food Standards Agency have announced that 85 eateries and businesses in Birmingham have been rated ‘zero’ for food hygiene. DESIblitz has more.


“It’s not as simple as pass/fail and this is why we have the different categories.”

An astonishing 85 restaurants in Birmingham have been zero-rated for hygiene standards.

Carried out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) since February 2014, this is the lowest rating that can be given by food-safety inspectors.

The 85 businesses are those that have been monitored on their hygiene and cleanliness and have failed to meet appropriate standards.

Marks are given out of five, and are dependant on a variety of food hygiene and safety regulations. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, a spokesperson for FSA said:

“The local authority food enforcement officers test a number of different things. They will be looking at the general maintenance of the building.

“They will also be looking at pest control as well as cross contamination and food being stored correctly – is raw meat being stored separately from cooked meat, is chilled food kept chilled and hot food kept hot, are sinks blocked?

“It’s not as simple as pass/fail and this is why we have the different categories.”

Those business that receive a low or zero rating can be due to a number of factors including infestation of vermin, unclean kitchens, and ‘unhygienic handling of food’.

However, even with a zero rating, it is unlikely that the businesses will be closed down:

“That only happens if there’s any imminent risk to public health and food is not safe to eat. Then local authorities can take action to close that business down. But this is the stage above, which is urgent intervention,” FSA say.

Urban Feast Instead, there will be more frequent visits from local authority officers to help deal with the situation.

The FSA add that the public should stay away from any eateries that have a rating below 3. Many of the businesses that have received a zero-rating are on Coventry Road, Alum Rock, Sparkbrook and Handsworth.

However, interestingly a number of high-end restaurants and bars in the City Centre have also been stamped with low hygiene and cleanliness.

They include Banu Indian Restaurant and Chennai Dosa, both on Hagley Road; Edmunds in Brindleyplace; Isaacs on Bennetts Hill; and Shanghai Shanghai in The Arcadian.

Another spokesperson for the Birmingham City Council said to the Birmingham Mail:

“We take pride in working in co-operation with food businesses in Birmingham and are able to offer support to some of our poorest performing businesses, to help improve their food hygiene standards.”

“Birmingham City Council continues to work cooperatively with food businesses but will always, when required, take appropriate enforcement action to protect consumers and public health.”

Here is the complete list of those restaurants and businesses in Birmingham that have received a zero-rating:

  • A & S Supermarket, Stoney Lane, Sparkbrook
  • Adal Café, Sparkbrook
  • Ajils Oils, Sparkbrook
  • Akbar’s, Coventry Road
  • Al Capone Pizza, Alcester Road
  • Al Rabie, Coventry Road
  • Al Waras Halal Meat Centre, Tynedale Road
  • Banu Indian Restaurant, Hagley Road
  • Bar Estilo, Wharfside St
  • Big Saj, Handsworth
  • Birmingham Catering Ltd, Bordesley Green
  • Bobs Fried Chicken, Kings Norton
  • Broadway 3, Aston
  • Canal Side Café, Gas Street
  • Cantonese Express, Dudley Road
  • Cantonese Kitchen Take Away, Coventry Road
  • Central Halal Meat And Poultry, Horton Square
  • Cheeky Charlies & Meadway Café, Bordesley Green
  • Chennai Dosa, Hagley Road
  • Chicken Box, Smallbrook Queensway
  • Chicks, Acocks Green
  • Chillies Fast Food, Sparkhill
  • Chop And Wok, Suffolk Street Queensway
  • Classic Fish Bar, High Street
  • Conservative Club, Erdington
  • Costcutter, Horton Square
  • Crunchy Land, Darwin Street, Highgate
  • Deepalis, Hall Street
  • Deli Box, Commercial Street
  • Desi Bites Ltd, Washwood Heath
  • Desi Dera, Alum Rock Road
  • DFC Chicken, Dale End
  • Dixy Chicken, Bordesley Green
  • Edmunds, Brindleyplace
  • Emperor Chinese Takeaway, Hall Green
  • Fruit And Vegetable Hall, Villa Road
  • Gulf of Aden Supermarket, Coventry Road, Nechells
  • Highfield Fish Bar, Alum Rock
  • Iqra Halal Meat, Alum Rock
  • Isaacs Indian Dining Ltd, Bennetts Hill
  • Ishmails, Sparkhill
  • Joes Pizza Company, Sutton Coldfield
  • K&N Stores Newsagents, Cherrywood Road
  • Karahi King, Coventry Road
  • KD Halal Meats, Bordesley Green
  • Law Leisure & Learning, Soho Road
  • Lifestyle Express, Edmonton Avenue
  • Lozells Chippy, Lozells Road
  • Merritts Brook Fish Bar, Northfield
  • Munchies, Alum Rock Road
  • Nas Catering Service, Cobham Business Centre
  • Nathaniels Restaurant Ltd, Moseley
  • New Karahi House, Alum Rock Road
  • Nyama Butchers, Selly Oak
  • Oriental House, Bordesley Green East
  • Pak Supermarket, Birchfield Road
  • Panda Express, Wash Lane
  • Papa Jees, Highfield Road
  • Pitstop, Broad Street
  • Pizza Quarter, Warstone Lane
  • Rayyan, Coventry Road
  • RMP Pizza,Warwick Road
  • Sabhaakaarl Darber Singh Gurdwara, Hockley
  • San Marino Pizza, Stirchley
  • Shahjalal Indian Takeaway, Flaxley Road
  • Shamz Fish & Chips, Sparkbrook
  • Shanghai Shanghai Unit B201, The Arcadian
  • Shekinah Tropics Café, Barnabas Road, Erdington
  • Simla, Longbridge
  • Superios Chicken, Arden Road
  • Szechuan House, Clay Lane
  • Tasty Grill Ltd, Soho Road
  • Taza Tandoori Roti And Curry Restaurant, Washwood Heath Road
  • The Brighton Arms, Ladypool Road
  • The Chameleon, Victoria Square
  • The Village Café, Ladywell Walk
  • Tih Food & Wine, Holyhead Road
  • Untitled, Nechells Park Road
  • Urban Feast, Navigation Street
  • Vertu Bar, Frederick Street
  • Villa Chippy, Aston
  • Welcome House, Blake Lane
  • Yum Yum Chicken, Selly Park
  • Zaam Cafeteria, Coventry Road
  • Zeenat Halal Meat Section, Birchfield Road

The above Birmingham businesses will now be monitored closely by the FSA in order to help improve their hygiene standards.

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Please note that FSA hygiene ratings are subject to change. All ratings were correct at time of publishing.