The borough’s takeaways, restaurants and pubs have been under scrutiny once again from health inspectors, and more than half of those visited scored high marks.
Out of 75 food-serving establishments inspected during November, 24 were awarded the highest possible score of Five - a percentage rate of 42.
Just over a quarter (26 per cent) of eateries achieved a Four, the second highest score available. It takes the total number of Five and Four rated venues to 52 per cent.
None of November’s inspections resulted in a Zero score.
And one venue revealed it was already taking steps to improve its ranking after a low score.
Ena and Jim’s Coffee Shop and Sandwich Bar in Ince was one of five premises to score a Two. But the owners of Warrington Road cafe responded to the Food Standards Agency inspection, saying: “A ventilation system has been put in, and a partition wall has been placed between the bathroom and the back kitchen.”
Businesses that serve food are rated on how hygienically it is handled; how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored; the condition of the structure of the buildings; the cleanliness, lay-out, lighting, ventilation and other facilities, as well as how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
The information provided on businesses is held on behalf of local authorities participating in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or the Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland.
The inspections continue throughout the year, with rating designed to provide reassurance to customers.
A five-star rating is top of the scale, and means the hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law.
A four rating means standards are “good, “three” indicates a “generally satisfactory” performance, while “some improvement is necessary” for venues sporting a rating of two. Anywhere with a rating of one requires major improvement, and zero ratings demand “urgent improvement”.
Establishments are also judged on food-handling practices and procedures and temperature control, as well as its structural compliance, such as cleanliness, lay-out, condition of structure, lighting, ventilation and facilities.
Credit is also given for confidence in management, which is graded on the performance of those in charge of the establishment and issues such as how well guidelines are understood by the workforce, as well as things such as the track record of the company and complaint history.
All ratings were correct on the Food Standards Agency website as of January 2019:
Andy's Chippy, 49 Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge
Atherleigh Park (main kitchen), Atherleigh Way, Leigh
B & M Retail Ltd, Shuttle Street, Tyldesley
Central Day Centre, Sullivan Way, Whelley
Cheeky Monkeys Village Store & Tea Room, 2g Gathurst Lane, Shevington
Chopsticks, 25 Tunstall Lane, Wigan
Compassion in Action Community Cafe, 58 Leigh Road, Leigh
Donna's Deli, 3 Firs Lane, Leigh
Gathurst Golf Club Ltd, Miles Lane, Shevington
Haighfield Nursing Home, 241 Wigan Road, Standish
Heron Frozen Foods, The Galleries, Wigan
Hop Skip and Jump, 2 Parsons Walk, Wigan
Ince Community Life, Health, Library Centre, Manchester Road, Ince
Kore, 107 Market Street, Hindley
Le Petit Four, Millgate, Wigan
Marie's Takeaway Ltd, 180-182 Atherton Road, Hindley
MetroFresh St Philips Ce J & I, Bolton Old Road, Atherton
Noel Chadwick Limited, 51 High Street, Standish
One Stop, Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge
People Cafe, Wellington Street, Wigan
Reds Catering, 10 Thetford Close, Hindley
Tastebuds, 81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge
The Avenue Private Day Nursery, The Avenue, Leigh
The Grange Cafe, Kelvin Grove, Wigan
Bamboo Oriental, 55 Chapel Street, Leigh
Church Inn, 78 Newton Road, Lowton
Don Mario,97 Beech Hill Avenue, Wigan
Grosvenor Street Chippy, 1 Grosvenor Street, Newtown
Mama Mia Pizzeria, 119 Scholes, Wigan
Mayflower, 138 Sale Lane, Tyldesley
Mellors Catering Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Lodge Road, Atherton
Oasis St Peter, Bryn, 15 Clarence Street, Ashton-In-Makerfield
Oliva, 126 Whelley, Wigan
Pizza Rucola, 53a Mesnes Street, Wigan
Seddon Foods Ltd, unit 6b Wigan Road, Ashton-In-Makerfield
Simply Thai @ The Muay Thai Kitchen, 21 Hallgate, Wigan
Sue's Tasties, 52 Woodhouse Lane, Wigan
The Curry Pot Authentic Indian Bangladeshi Restaurant, 4-6 Market Street, Atherton
Yummy Chippy, 11 Gerard Street, Ashton-In-Makerfield
Basmati Restaurant, 57 Wigan Lane, Wigan
Baz's Marmaris, 41 Ashbourne Avenue, Wigan
Castle On Th'll, 165 Castle Hill Road, Hindley
Chicken Korner, 34a Leigh Road, Leigh
Kirkless Hall Inn, Albion Drive, Aspull
Loafers, 42a Market Street, Wigan
Prince of Wales, 89 Victoria Street, Newtown
Rosie's Authentic Mediterranean, 663 Atherton Road, Hindley Green
Ena & Jim's Coffee Shop and Sandwich Bar, 457 Warrington Road, Ince
Expanse Learning Wigan School, 15 Tyrer Avenue, Wigan
Market Street Discount Store, 41-43 Market Street, Leigh
Sweet Connection, 769 Ormskirk Road, Newtown
The Anvil, Dorning Street, Wigan
Go Local Extra - Norley Shop & Save, 77 Norley Hall Avenue, Pemberton
New Oriental, 45 Church Street, Orrell
Petra Pizza & Kebab House, 7 Broad O Th Lane, Shevington
Red Lion, 9 Ladies Lane, Hindley
Sahara Pizza & Grill, 12 Worsley Mesnes Drive, Wigan