A handful of takeaways, restaurants, and cafes in Southampton have been handed new hygiene ratings this month.

A fish and chip shop which has been told ‘major improvement is necessary’ and a tearoom with a top score are among those included in the round-up.

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

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

Six businesses in the city were handed new ratings this month.

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

Scores given by the FSA this month so far

Daily Echo:

Rated one

  • Andy's Chippy on Montague Avenue, Southampton was given the score after assessment on November 9.

Rated three

  • Argento Steak House at 43 to 45 High Street, Southampton was rated on October 31.
  • Boat Shop Café on Bridge Road, Southampton was given the score after assessment on November 3.

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Rated four

  • Polish Social Club on Portswood Road, Southampton was handed a four-out-of-five rating after assessment on November 3.

Rated five

  • Halladays Tea Rooms on Bedford Place, Southampton was rated on November 30.
  • Pirrie Park Bowling Club at 78a Wilton Crescent, Southampton received the score following an inspection on November 27.