HERE are all of the Hampshire eateries that have a food hygiene rating of two or less. 

A total of 49 businesses have been rated a two or below across Southampton, Basingstoke, Winchester, Test Valley, Eastleigh and the New Forest.

The New Forest had 21 eateries with low hygiene scores, whilst Southampton had the second highest with 15.

Test Valley had five businesses with low scores whilst Winchester and Eastleigh had three each.

Basingstoke had the lowest number of businesses with low scores with just two eateriest scoring a two or lower.

Eateries across the country are subject to inspection by the Food Standards Agency, rating them on their food hygiene. 

Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection.

A food safety officer from the local authority inspects a business to check that it follows food hygiene law so that the food is safe to eat.

The Food Standards Agency carries out inspections and rates the observed hygiene standards on a scale from zero to five.

Inspectors check the following three elements:

  • How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, and other facilities
  • How the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future.

What do the numbers mean?

Zero – Urgent improvement necessary. 

One – Major improvements necessary. 

Two – Improvements necessary. 

Three – Generally Satisfactory. 

Four – Good on assessment. 

Five – Seen as very good. 

This information has been sourced from Food Standards Agency website as of June 10, 2021.

Use the table below to see the 49 businesses with a food hygiene of two or below or search for your favourite place to eat. 

If your business features on the list and you would like to tell us any improvements you have made, email