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Five Waltham Forest restaurants receive minimum food hygiene rating

Two establishments in Leyton, two in Walthamstow, and one in Chingford were handed the minimum rating by the Food Standards Agency in August

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A total of five restaurants or takeaways in Waltham Forest were handed a zero-out-of-five food hygiene rating last month.

Masala India, at 466 High Road Leyton, was hit with the minimum score on 10th August. According to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) website, the restaurant needs improvement in all three assessed areas: hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities, and management of food safety.


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Masala India advertises itself on Google as a restaurant that serves up traditional Indian dishes with vegan options.

On 7th August, Barwaqo Cafe, at 356 High Road Leyton was handed the lowest rating possible, with inspectors from the FSA citing the need for “urgent improvement” in their report. The cafe and restaurant serves traditional East African dishes.

Meanwhile, Walthamstow restaurants Deja vu Garden, at 52b-52c High Street,  and DNR 17, at 10 Wood Street, were also  handed the minimum ratings on 14th and 16th August respectively.

Fast food takeaway Shack No.14 at 14 Hatch Lane was the sole Chingford establishment to receive the minimum rating last month.  It was handed the zero-out-of-five finding on 3rd August.

All establishments mentioned were contacted for comment.


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