The district council is urging diners to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking for Valentine’s Day.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by South Kesteven District Council.
Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.
Portfolio holder for healthy environment Councillor John Smith said: “Valentine’s Day is a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs in South Kesteven and we’re pleased to say the majority of food businesses in the area rated 4 or above.
“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose to eat their romantic meals in places where food hygiene is taken seriously.”
Of the 965 eateries in the district, 684 have the top rating, 154 have a rating of 4 and 77 have a rating of 3.
Catriona Stewart, head of the food hygiene ratings team at the Food Standards Agency, said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes.
“For local eateries, a good rating will be good for business during this busy time.”
Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors. If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff in or check online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/authority-search/south-kesteven