Food hygiene rating scheme

About the scheme

We use the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) to rate the hygiene standards of a food business. The scheme is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • 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 and records what it does to make sure food is safe

For more information about the scheme please visit the FSA's food hygiene rating schemes where you can also find a toolkit encouraging businesses to promote good hygiene.

Search for ratings

Visit the FSA website to search for ratings of restaurants, takeaways and food shops in Lewes and Eastbourne.

Advice for businesses - fairness of the scheme

You can appeal against a rating, request a revisit to be reassessed or exercise your right to reply. You must put it in writing to us and the easiest way to do this is online.

More information about your rights are provided on the FSA's  hygiene ratings safeguards for businesses.