Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

We operate the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme designed to help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.

The scheme aims to give you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme. We work in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

Each business is given a ‘hygiene rating’ when it is inspected by one of our food safety officers. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, or a certificate on display, showing you the hygiene rating for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these at their premises in a place where you can easily see them when you visit.

If you’re planning to eat out or buy food in Lewes District, the following will provide you with information about a business and its hygiene rating.


A business can be given one of these hygiene ratings:

Food Hygiene Rating scores

Food Hygiene Ratings

To check the scores of participating restaurants, shops and outlets in the Lewes area, visit the Food Standards Agency's website.


The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been designed to make sure that the ratings given to businesses are fair and consistent. Businesses are inspected without warning on a frequency commensurate with the risk they present.

Food complaints

If you have concerns about a food business or if you have been made ill and you believe the food from a business may have been the cause then you can report your concerns to us.