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28 takeaways in Kent with a zero or one rating for food hygiene

We all get home late from work on occasions and cannot be bothered to cook dinner.

Yet hundreds of people are ordering their Chinese or pizza in Kent from takeaways with a zero or one rating for food hygiene, according to analysis carried out by KentOnline.

There are 28 such establishments in the county which had been given the lowest ratings by the Food Standards Agency.

Fat Friars in Ashford has been given a one rating
Fat Friars in Ashford has been given a one rating

The hygiene ratings range from zero to five, with five meaning standards are very good and fully comply with the law.

Swale is the poor rating capital of Kent, with five takeaways with a one rating and two with a zero rating.

It is closely followed by Medway, which had six sites ranked at one.

By contrast, Canterbury, Dartford and Sevenoaks had no takeaways which fell into the categories.

Here are the places rated poorly in the county.

Ashford

The Fat Friars

Hunter Avenue, Willesborough

It was given a one rating in November, when the fish and chip shop was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Canterbury

There are no takeaways with either a zero or one rating in the area.

Dartford

There are no takeaways with either a zero or one rating in the area.

Orient Noodle Bar
Orient Noodle Bar

Dover

Orient Noodle Bar

King Street, Dover

It was was given a one rating in August and needs major improvement.

A spokesman said: "The premises is hygienic and clean and there were no issues.

"It was just the records which were not up to date. It is hard enough running a business as it is and I am waiting for the inspectors to come back and do another inspection as it's not good for business."

Subway

White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield

The sandwich franchise's store was given a zero rating in January and inspectors found urgent improvements were necessary.

In fact, in January the branch was forced to close its doors after an infestation of mice was found.

A statement from Dover District Council confirmed the rodents were discovered during an inspection by environmental health officers following a complaint from someone.

However, the sandwich shop has now reopened.

Efforts to contact the store have been unsuccessful.

Best Kebab
Best Kebab

Folkestone and Hythe

Best Kebab

Foord Road, Folkestone

It was given a one rating in January and was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Codfather

High Street, Dymchurch

The fish and chip shop was also given a one rating in January and needs major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Dabba

The Spice Pot, Martello Drive, Hythe

It also got a one rating in January and needs major improvement.

Efforts to contact the store have been unsuccessful.

Gravesham

Jade Garden

Parrock Street, Gravesend

This Chinese takeaway was given the rating in May last year and was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Tasty House

Granville Road, Gravesend

The Chinese got the rating in March last year and inspectors found major improvement was needed.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Tasty House in Gravesend
Tasty House in Gravesend

Maidstone

Atilla Kebab House

Gabriels Hill, Maidstone

It was given a one rating in November and was found to need major improvement.

A spokesman for the take-away said: "The one rating had nothing to do with hygiene it was about not filling in the forms.

"We are having another inspection next week."

Pizza Hot 4 You

High Street, Maidstone

It got a one rating in January and inspectors found major improvement was necessary at the venue.

A spokesman for the pizza outlet said: "We had some issues with some equipment and had to get some things fixed.

"We have almost got all that done now and I have called the council and asked them to come and do another inspection.

"We hope to get a better rating then."

Medway

Dixy Chicken

Canterbury Street, Gillingham

The takeaway was given a one rating in August and inspectors found major improvement was necessary.

A spokesman for the take-away said: "We have just changed ownership and this inspection was done under the old management which has gone now.

"We have applied for another inspection and hope to get that soon.

"It will be at least a four rating I guarantee you that."

Far East Express

Station Road, Rainham

It was given a one rating in October and was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Far East Express
Far East Express

Peking Express

Station Road, Strood

It was given a one rating in December and inspectors found there was major improvements necessary a the Chinese takeaway.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Rose Garden

Canterbury Street, Gillingham

It was given a one rating in February and was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Sandhu Takeaway

Franklin Road Gillingham

It was given a one rating in August last year and inspectors found it needs major improvement.

Sandhu Takeaway did not respond to requests for comment.

Town Kebab House

High Street Gillingham

It was given a one rating in January and was found to need major improvement.

Town Kebab House declined to comment.

Town Kebab House Gillingham
Town Kebab House Gillingham

Sevenoaks

There are no takeaways with either a zero or one rating in the area.

Swale

Anokhi Indian Takeaway

School Mews, Iwade

It was given a one rating in October and was found to need major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Briny Chip Shop

Trafalgar Parade, The Broadway, Minster-on-Sea

The takeaway was given a one rating in January.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Ossies Fish Bar

West Street Sittingbourne

It was given a one rating in January and was inspectors found major improvement was necessary.

Ossies Fish Bar did not respond to requests for comment.

Ozzie's Fish Bar
Ozzie's Fish Bar

Sheppey Peri Peri

High Street, Sheerness

It was given a one rating in November when inspectors found major improvement was necessary.

A spokesman for the take-away said: "We have already rebooked for the inspector to come again and they have already mentioned we will get a four.

"It was about the paperwork nothing else and we expect the inspector to come within a month."

The Kingsferry Tandoori

Broadway, Sheerness

This Indian restaurant was given a one rating in January and was found to need major improvement.

A spokesman for the Indian take-away said: "Cleaning was not a problem that's always a five star.

"It was the books, the record keeping which got us the one rating."

The King's Ferry Tandoori
The King's Ferry Tandoori

Frydays Fish And Chips

Minster Road, Minster-on-Sea

It was given a zero rating in September and inspectors found major improvement was necessary at the take-away outlet.

A spokesman said: "Our boiler had broken down on the day of the inspection and we were given a zero rating because of that.

"It has been repaired now and we do carry out all our health and safety procedures correctly.

"We are hoping to have another inspection in a couple of weeks."

Papa John's

West Street, Sittingbourne

The pizza place was also given a zero rating in February and inspectors found urgent improvement was necessary.

A spokesman for the takeaway said: "The inspection was done before I took over.

"We have only been operating her for just over two weeks and we hope we will get a new inspection soon so we can get a better score as we are brand new owners."

Thanet

Texas Pizza

Northdown Road, Margate

It was given a one rating in August and inspectors found major improvement necessary.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Texas Pizza in Margate
Texas Pizza in Margate

Tonbridge and Malling

Happy Times

London Road, Larkfield

It was inspected in June last year and given a one rating and inspectors found the Chinese take away needed major improvement.

Efforts to contact the restaurant have been unsuccessful.

Premier Fish Bar

Premier Parade, Aylesford

It was inspected in March last year and given a one rating the inspectors found the fish and chip shop needed major improvement.

A spokesman for the fish bar said: "The inspector, a woman was funny with us and we were a five before. She gave us a one in March and I complained about it.

"So two inspectors came back in May and gave us a four rating, but the website has still not been updated so we complained again as it is still showing us as a one."

The Premier Fish Bar
The Premier Fish Bar

A spokesman for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council said: "We can confirm that both premises currently have a Food Standards Agency rating of one.

"Premier Fish Bar has not formally requested a rating re-visit."

Tunbridge Wells

Cheese Pizza

Rusthall High Street, Rusthall

was given the rating in November last year as inspectors found major improvement was necessary at the establishment.

Cheese Pizza has been given a one rating
Cheese Pizza has been given a one rating

A spokesman for Cheese Pizza said: "We are awaiting a new inspection on Monday, March 25 and we have sorted all the problems.

"We want a five star rating as everything has been sorted out."

Subway

London Road, Tunbridge Wells

It was given the rating in February and inspectors found major improvement was necessary at the sandwich shop.

Khyati Singh who runs the shop said: "A customer had sabotaged our toilet the night before our inspection and we told the inspector it would be repaired within 24-hours.

"I have been running the shop for many years, in fact this is my eighth year running this Subway and we know exactly what we are doing and we do carry out all health and safety procedures correctly.

"A trainee was in the shop at the time of the inspection and didn't know where out procedures records book was kept, that was because the trainee was brand new.

"I am already disputing the rating with the council.

"We have appealed against it as well and I have spoken to the office for judicial review and we have also paid for another inspection to be carried out soon."

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