A NUMBER of cafés, pubs, restaurants and takeaways across Dorset and the New Forest have been handed new food hygiene ratings recently.  

A New Forest pub has been told ‘major improvement is necessary’.

Each week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspects businesses across the country, assessing hygiene and safety, structural compliance and confidence in management.

Across the UK, every food outlet including convenience stores, restaurants, hospitals and care homes are given a hygiene rating. 

What each hygiene rating means:

0 - Urgent improvement necessary    

1 - Major improvement necessary    

2 - Some improvement necessary    

3 - Hygiene standards generally satisfactory      

4 - Hygiene standards good       

5 - Hygiene standards very good        

Here is a roundup of scores given by the FSA this week: 

Rated 1:   

Bat and Ball in Salisbury Road, Breamore, Fordingbridge was rated on August 30 

Rated 3:  

The Queens Head, at The Cross, Burley was given the score after assessment on September 16  

Rated 5:

The Pear at Parley in Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset; rated on August 29  

Poulner Fish and Chips in Butlers Lane, Poulner, Ringwood was rated on October 10 

Three Tuns Inn in Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Christchurch was rated on July 6.