St Albans has been named among the worst areas for food hygiene in the UK, according to a recent study.

Richard Price, manager of online supermarket BritSuperstore, has analysed the Food Standards Agency ratings of every restaurant in the major cities and towns in the UK.

Each area was then ranked from worst to best, based on the percentage of its restaurants rated below three.

St Albans ranked 14th on this list, with 3.7 per cent of its restaurants below a three-star food hygiene rating.


Of 268 restaurants in St Albans, 164 have a five-star rating and none of them have been given a zero rating.

Birmingham was found to be the worst area, with 8.9 per cent of its restaurants rated below three.

The fifteen worst areas for food hygiene, according to the study, can be seen below.

  1. Birmingham
  2. Southend-on-Sea
  3. Liverpool
  4. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  5. Salford
  6. Kingston-upon-Hull
  7. Manchester
  8. Coventry
  9. York
  10. Plymouth
  11. Derby
  12. Doncaster
  13. Bath
  14. St Albans
  15. Hereford

Richard Price also added: “It is of paramount importance for restaurants to have a high standard of cleanliness, not only for good business practices but also for the safety of the customer. 

"Not only could it be incredibly dangerous to eat at an establishment that is poorly rated for hygiene, it provides a poor experience as the customer.

"You can search for individual restaurants on the  Food Standards Agency website, so you can see personally how they have been rated."