Which 13 places have a ZERO food hygiene rating in the North East?

Which 13 places have a ZERO food hygiene rating in the North East?

Which 13 places have a ZERO food hygiene rating in the North East?

If you’re planning on getting a takeaway or dining out, you’ll want to have a peek at the scores on the doors first

There are 13 food premises in the North East that currently have a zero out of five rating for food hygiene.

There are one in Newcastle; two in North Tyneside; two in South Tyneside; two in Sunderland; one in County Durham and six in Northumberland.

There are no zero-rated premises in Gateshead.

So next time you’re planning on tucking into a takeaway or dining out, you might want to have a peek at the scores on the doors first.

How do you get a zero?

By inspectors observing failures including an infestation of vermin, or serious amounts of rubbish and filth.

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), businesses that score zero tend to have a history of serious problems and are likely to be performing poorly in the three areas food safety officers inspect, which are:

How hygienically food is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.

The cleanliness, layout, lighting and ventilation of the building.

The systems in place to make sure food is safe for consumption.

The eateries that made the zero list:


Benton Chippy

345 Benton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7EE

*Date of last inspection: December 4 2014

North Tyneside


Behind Co-op Building, Burradon Road, Burradon, NE23 7NL

*Date of last inspection: September 10 2014

J R Fisheries

29-31 Union Quay, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1HJ

*Date of last inspection: June 10 2014

South Tyneside

New Mr Wu

83 Laygate, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 5RF

*Date of last inspection: August 19 2014

M & M Pizza

136-138 Frederick Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 5EG

*Date of last inspection: October 24 2013

General view of AFC Pizzas in Amble
General view of AFC Pizzas in Amble


Please note: Charltons, Cambois Farm Road, Cambois, Northumberland, NE24 1SF still shows as having a zero hygiene rating on the official FSA website based on its last recorded inspection on August 29, 2014. However, Charltons was inspected very recently, on March 17, 2015, and has since been awarded a 4 star rating. This information will be updated on the official FSA website soon but in the meantime we are happy to clarify that a more recent inspection by Northumberland County Council has taken place and the premises is no longer rated 0.

AFC Pizza

55-57 Queen Street, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0DA

*Date of last inspection: October 29 2014

Price Busters

45 Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9XE

*Date of last inspection: July 17 2014


13 Balfour Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 1NR

*Date of last inspection: November 10 2014

Antonio’s Pizza and Fish Bar

412 Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3RE

*Date of last inspection: January 14 2014

High Pit Pizza

6 Clifton Road, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 6TG

*Date of last inspection: December 3 2014

General View of TJ's Fish Shop, Seaham
General View of TJ’s Fish Shop, Seaham.

County Durham

TJ’s Fish Shop

67 Station Road, Seaham, SR7 0AQ

*Date of last inspection: July 22 2014


Lambton Fisheries

Unit 1, Lambton Village Centre, Washington, NE38 0QA

*Date of last inspection: January 19, 2015

Pit Stop Cafe

Philadelphia Lane, Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4ES

*Date of last inspection: December 8 2014

All ratings were correct as of March 23 2015. Ratings may change following further inspections. There’s more information on the FSA website.


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