The new-look RateMyPlace website is set give residents the chance to check out Lichfield food outlets before visiting them
Lichfield District Council, in partnership with local authorities across the Staffordshire, is unveiling the new-look site later this month.
The council is confident visitors to the updated site will find it even easier to discover how many gold stars food premises – such as coffee shops, restaurants and canteens – have been awarded for their food hygiene practices, following an inspection by a local Food Safety Inspector.
As well as a fresh new look, www.ratemyplace.org.uk has a host of new features, including the ability to search an area’s ‘Top Spots’ to see which premises have been awarded the maximum five gold stars.
Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said:
“The new look site is well worth a visit. We developed RateMyPlace because research has shown that that almost everyone asked felt they should have access to their local restaurants’ hygiene scores, and wanted to see the results online. RateMyPlace is a fantastic scheme, which does just that.
“Through the website and certificates, displayed on the doors of food premises, it allows customers to have peace of mind that the establishment they are planning visit has good hygiene procedures. It also acts as an incentive to premises managers, who try to improve their standards to get the best possible star rating the next time they are inspected.”
RateMyPlace is also now available on mobile phones that have access to the internet. Anyone wishing to quickly search for a restaurant or café, while out and about, can simply enter www.ratemyplace.mobi into their phone’s web browser.
The new website will also be a useful resource for food businesses, as it gives customers information about where the premises is, what type of food it serves, as well as a map and directions straight to the door.
RateMyPlace is a partnership between local authorities across Staffordshire who publish details of food safety inspections across the county. The scheme is lead by Lichfield District Council, who is supported by Stafford Borough Council, South Staffordshire Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, Cannock Chase District Council, Tamworth Borough Council, Newcastle under Lyme District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, High Peak Council and Staffordshire County Council.