Today marks the day that indoor seating in restaurants across England is allowed again, but who will be returning to the cleanest restaurants?
A study of Food Standards Agency ratings has revealed that Carlisle tops the list as the city with the cleanest restaurants, boasting an impressive average food hygiene rating of 4.90 out of 5.
Some of the restaurants contributing to their high score include Nando’s, Dempsey’s and Siam Thai Restaurant, all of which received a score of 5 out of 5.
Following behind in second place is Gloucester with an average score of 4.87 out of 5.
Despite almost scoring top points, there are a few places bringing the city down, with one restaurant receiving a score of 0, five receiving a score of 2, and three receiving a score of 3.
In third place is Worcester with an average score of 4.81.
It has many popular chains to thank for its high rating including Creams Café, Five Guys and Zizzi, which all have food hygiene scores of 5.
Taking joint fourth place with average scores of 4.80 are Hartlepool, Lincoln, Southampton and Chatham.
Completing the top five cities with the cleanest restaurants is Chelmsford with a score of 4.78.
McDonald’s is among the highest rated eateries, as well as Costa and Pret A Manger bumping up the scores for cafés in the area.
On the other end of the scale, just making it into the top 15 cleanest cities is Exeter with an average score of 4.73.
Amid the places keeping it from scoring higher is one restaurant receiving a score of 0, four receiving a score of 2 and 11 receiving a score of 3.
Saving them on the other hand is Harry’s, The Gurkha Kitchen and Flourish Café with perfect scores of 5.
What about when it comes to the UK’s dirtiest restaurants?
Taking the lead is Birmingham with an average food hygiene rating of 4.15.
Among the restaurants with poor hygiene are 16 eateries with a rating of 0, 79 with a rating of 1 and 82 with a rating of 2.
In second place is Salford with a hygiene rating of 4.29 on average. It is home to seven places with a hygiene rating of 1, as well as 18 being rated at 3.
London takes third place as the city with some of the worst hygiene ratings, averaging at 4.3 across the restaurants studied.
Among its lower scoring restaurants, six receive a rating of zero, 92 score 1 and 196 receive a score of 3.
The research was carried out by End-of-Tenancy-london.co.uk using analysis of FAS food hygiene ratings for restaurants, cafes and canteens across different UK cities.
Using the locations of restaurants, ratings for each city were then aggregated for all the boundaries mentioned.
The average food hygiene rating out of 5 for each UK city was then ranked from highest to lowest to see which cities are home to the cleanest and dirtiest restaurants.