Restaurants in need of ‘urgent improvements’

Great Wall takeaway. Picture: Local Data Company SUS-141027-142438001
Great Wall takeaway. Picture: Local Data Company SUS-141027-142438001

Two restaurants in Eastbourne are deemed to require ‘urgent improvement’ after receiving the lowest possible hygiene rating.

Curry King, in South Street, and Great Wall, in Pevensey Road, were both given zero out of five stars by the Food Standards Agency for visits on February 4 and March 5 this year.

The rating system is used to inform the public about the hygiene standards anywhere that serves food. Each business is scored out of five, having been judged in three categories - food safety, structure of the premises and the inspectors’ confidence in the management. These categories take into account things such as how well the premises are cleaned, the building’s layout and how records and information are managed.

Fourteen Eastbourne restaurants were given just one star out of five, which means major improvements are necessary. Of the 14, ten were assessed in 2014, including The Tastebud and The Golden Dragon, both on Terminus Road.

The Best Kebab House on Langney Road, Seafront Tandoori on Seaside and Olives Pizzeria and Kebabs on Susans Road were all also deemed to have just one star our of five at inspections held within the last ten months.

Buffet Time on Terminus Road was also found to need major improvements, as were Cafe Express on Lower Parade, Deans Restaurant on Seaside, the Premiere Convenience Store on Station Parade and Thai Marina at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour.

RFC on Terminus Road was given just one star out of five at their last inspection on August 15, 2013, while Langley’s on Pevensey Road was also told it must improve after inspectors visited on February 1, 2013.

Alexandra Arms on Seaside and the Chatsworth Lions Hotel on Grand Parade are also on the list as having just a one-star rating but may have improved since their inspections, which took place in November 2012.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department works closely with the Food Standards Agency. A spokesperson for the council said, “We recommend people choose among Eastbourne’s 777 eateries with a food hygiene rating of 3 or more.

“This classification system allows restaurant, pubs and hotels to show customers how good hygiene is at their premises and we urge businesses to display their rating stickers which are issued after an inspection by the council’s Environmental Health officers.”