Commercial kitchens in more than 550 hotels around the country are falling well below the hygiene standards expected of them under UK law, according to new research.
According to a report from the Evening Standard, the hotels have all received two stars or less from the Food Standards Agency.
The FSA’s job is to examine how hygienically food is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, as well as assess the cleanliness of buildings and how restaurants make sure food is safe.
The paper said that 60 of the hotels are based in London, citing the four-star Royal Lancaster hotel near Hyde Park and the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Covent Garden as kitchens which have only gained two stars.
Other chain hotels in and around London that were given a rating of just one or two stars by the FSA include the Thistle Hotel in Euston, Premier Inns in Edgware and Dartford, a Travelodge in Borehamwood and The Britannia in Hampstead.
A two-star rating means the FSA rules “improvement necessary”, while a rating of one requires “major improvement” and a score of zero is “urgent improvement necessary”, it said.
Consumer group Which! is calling for the display of food hygiene ratings to be made compulsory to provide transparency for customers.
The hotels named in the report said that staff had been re-trained and processes changed since the inspections took place.