Named and shamed: Barnet's nine worst takeaways, restaurants and supermarkets, according to the Food Standards Agency

Times Series: The Times Series has named and shamed Barnet's ten worst takeaways The Times Series has named and shamed Barnet's ten worst takeaways

Ever wondered what’s lurking in the kitchens of your favourite takeaway shops? Just how hygienic are the surfaces on which that seemingly tasty Chinese has been prepared?

The Food Standards Agency rates every business selling food with a simple star rating from five, meaning very good, to zero, meaning urgent improvement necessary.

The Times Series has dug out the FSA’s latest hygiene inspection ratings and is naming and shaming Barnet’s nine worst businesses that each received a ‘zero’ rating at their last inspection.

Get ready to rethink that Friday night takeaway…

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Chu Chin Chow, in Cat Hill, East Barnet
Last inspected: November 5, 2013

This Chinese takeaway was given the lowest food hygiene rating during its last inspection in November. The Times Series was unable to contact the business for a comment.

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Finchley Food Stores, Regents Park Road, Finchley Central
Last inspected: January 7, 2014

Shop assistant Kamran Hussain said: “I don’t understand why we got a zero. We were given a four rating at the inspection before this. To be honest I don’t care really. All I care about is that our customers know my shop is clean.

“The Food Standards Agency needs to get their ratings right. This was the same shop, in the same conditions as before. They gave us some things to do and we have done that so hopefully it will go up again.”

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Al Mansoor Halal Meat, Woodhouse Road, North Finchley
Last inspected: December 17, 2013

Owner Arshid Mahmood said he had only taken over the shop, which has changed its name to Fresh Food and Halal Meat, recently. He told the Times Series that inspectors had come soon after the takeover but he had since improved things.

He said: “If someone came to review it now we would be getting a very good rating. We have taken the actions that were needed to make it nice, tidy and clean.

“This shop was 30 years old and had never properly been cleaned. I would like the inspectors to come back now – it has completely changed.”

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Ho Lok, Ballards Lane, North Finchley
Last inspected: July 25, 2013

The Times Series contacted this Chinese takeaway and was told the manager would call back but no call has since been received.

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Lahore Tikka Masala, Station Road, Edgware
Last inspected: October 23, 2013

The man who answered the phone insisted that inspectors had come back a fortnight ago and given the restaurant a four star rating.

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Mattancherry, Golders Green Road, Golders Green
Last inspected: February 4, 2013

The Times Series has been unable to contact this kosher Indian restaurant, which was last inspected less than seven weeks ago.

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Mehfil restaurant, Park Road, Hendon
Last inspected: December 12, 2013

Owner Mahendra Patel said: “The rating related to bad record keeping, which came as a result of a lot of personal problems recently.

“I have done everything they wanted but it can take up to three months for me to get another inspection. It is one of those things – it all came at once.

“I was up to three previously and, when they come again, I expect it to be up to four or five.”

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Pamchal Iranian restaurant, Bell Lane, Hendon
Last inspected: September 29, 2013

No-one answered when contacted by the Times Series.

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Wings Chinese food, Deans Lane, Edgware
Last inspected: February 5, 2014

The Times Series was unable to contact this takeaway restaurant for a comment on their zero food hygiene rating.

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5:30pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Dear Mr Reporter

If you are going to write an article "naming and shaming Barnet’s ten worst businesses" then you really should name and shame ten, not nine.
Dear Mr Reporter If you are going to write an article "naming and shaming Barnet’s ten worst businesses" then you really should name and shame ten, not nine. Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: 7

6:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Good point, DCMD. Come on, we are all agog: is number ten too awful to name?
Good point, DCMD. Come on, we are all agog: is number ten too awful to name? Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 3

6:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Rog T says...

Great article for the Times, the Ten worst takeaways in Barnet, not only are there only nine of them, but two of them are not even takeaways. I think this is dreadful reporting, no doubt the Times rung up the restaurants when they were closed, as most open only in the evening. Surely a decent reporter would suffer for their sins and tuck into a delicious meal at each of the establishments, detailing the gastranomic delights. I am sure that Mr Hewitt could claim the cost of his dinner back on expenses.
Great article for the Times, the Ten worst takeaways in Barnet, not only are there only nine of them, but two of them are not even takeaways. I think this is dreadful reporting, no doubt the Times rung up the restaurants when they were closed, as most open only in the evening. Surely a decent reporter would suffer for their sins and tuck into a delicious meal at each of the establishments, detailing the gastranomic delights. I am sure that Mr Hewitt could claim the cost of his dinner back on expenses. Rog T
  • Score: 12

7:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Rog T says...

Nice to see the Times has adjusted the title so quickly !
Nice to see the Times has adjusted the title so quickly ! Rog T
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Your Finchley Central ones are actually in North Finchley. Do you not own a map> Or have access to Google.
Your Finchley Central ones are actually in North Finchley. Do you not own a map> Or have access to Google. Neville Longbottom
  • Score: -3

11:43pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Apart from the first one which is in Finchley Central, obviously.
Apart from the first one which is in Finchley Central, obviously. Neville Longbottom
  • Score: 0

8:16am Fri 28 Mar 14

barnet123 says...

Who would eat those manky, rat infested, dog burger dives anyway? Nando's all the way babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
Who would eat those manky, rat infested, dog burger dives anyway? Nando's all the way babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! barnet123
  • Score: -3

10:28am Fri 28 Mar 14

davmeg says...

Does no-one fact check these things? Mattancherry closed down absolutely ages ago. Not only that, but the caption underneath claims it was last inspected on "February 4th, 2013", and the article then goes on to say that this was less than seven weeks ago.

Really? Pathetic journalism and no proof-reading.
Does no-one fact check these things? Mattancherry closed down absolutely ages ago. Not only that, but the caption underneath claims it was last inspected on "February 4th, 2013", and the article then goes on to say that this was less than seven weeks ago. Really? Pathetic journalism and no proof-reading. davmeg
  • Score: 7

12:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rog T says...

Edgar,

Are you saying we should have congratulated them for sloppy journalism?
Personally I like to see the paper get things right. If I were you I'd sit down and have a cup of tea and calm down
Edgar, Are you saying we should have congratulated them for sloppy journalism? Personally I like to see the paper get things right. If I were you I'd sit down and have a cup of tea and calm down Rog T
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Monsieur de Jarnac is probably too young to remember the time when the Hendon Times was a very fine local paper with a reputation for investigative journalism. These days it just spouts out council press releases or writes stories based on speculation rather than fact (see the current ‘story’ about a man purportedly giving away his million Pound house as an example).

There is no attention to detail anymore, and little evidence of fact checking or proof reading. If the paper can’t be trusted to get the small things right, how can it be trusted on the stories which really matter?
Monsieur de Jarnac is probably too young to remember the time when the Hendon Times was a very fine local paper with a reputation for investigative journalism. These days it just spouts out council press releases or writes stories based on speculation rather than fact (see the current ‘story’ about a man purportedly giving away his million Pound house as an example). There is no attention to detail anymore, and little evidence of fact checking or proof reading. If the paper can’t be trusted to get the small things right, how can it be trusted on the stories which really matter? Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: 4

6:47am Sat 29 Mar 14

Spamdog says...

This is all potentially rubbish. Only a couple of months ago I happened to learn something about this. A friend of mine owns a small food preparation business and proudly got a five simply because, as she posted to Facebook at the time, she 'loves paperwork and therefore has all the evidence ready when they asked to see it'. She explained that she felt many businesses would struggle as they may well be following a regulation just fine but if they cannot prove with a file that they are following the regulation, they will not get the points for it. One of the businesses above even states that their rating was due to their record-keeping. She said at the time that obtaining a five would be difficult to impossible for someone who wasn't bureacratically inclined or perhaps did not have a great standard of literacy, or maybe English as a second language. Do you even know what the inspection actually entailed, or did you just find that you could look on the FSA website for restaurant scores, freak out and scramble together a knee-jerk article? Did you give any of these business owners the opportunity to show you their kitchens? How many other times did you call the ones that didn't answer, before deciding to try to write something sensationalist to harm their business? If you want to 'uncover' dodgy food practises you can't just lazily click around on the internet, mate. You've got to get up off your chair and go out into the world before you run people's efforts down.

My favourite Chinese takeaway got a 1. I don't care, I continue to eat there because the food is good. It's never made anyone ill yet and I'm not that bothered about its books and records, if I'm honest.
This is all potentially rubbish. Only a couple of months ago I happened to learn something about this. A friend of mine owns a small food preparation business and proudly got a five simply because, as she posted to Facebook at the time, she 'loves paperwork and therefore has all the evidence ready when they asked to see it'. She explained that she felt many businesses would struggle as they may well be following a regulation just fine but if they cannot prove with a file that they are following the regulation, they will not get the points for it. One of the businesses above even states that their rating was due to their record-keeping. She said at the time that obtaining a five would be difficult to impossible for someone who wasn't bureacratically inclined or perhaps did not have a great standard of literacy, or maybe English as a second language. Do you even know what the inspection actually entailed, or did you just find that you could look on the FSA website for restaurant scores, freak out and scramble together a knee-jerk article? Did you give any of these business owners the opportunity to show you their kitchens? How many other times did you call the ones that didn't answer, before deciding to try to write something sensationalist to harm their business? If you want to 'uncover' dodgy food practises you can't just lazily click around on the internet, mate. You've got to get up off your chair and go out into the world before you run people's efforts down. My favourite Chinese takeaway got a 1. I don't care, I continue to eat there because the food is good. It's never made anyone ill yet and I'm not that bothered about its books and records, if I'm honest. Spamdog
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

taslim2taslim says...

TH
TH taslim2taslim
  • Score: -1

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