These are the food venues which have just been given a new food hygiene rating or retained their existing score in a fresh round of inspections.

Eleven takeaways, restaurants and other food and drink venues have just received their new scores after Food Standards Agency inspectors carried out checks.

KFC is among the names lots of people in Darlington will be aware of as some have scored well and others have seen less favourable scores.

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These ratings come as the majority of UK businesses serving food and drink are checked for their hygiene measures and then given a rating.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

The ratings, which are mainly based on hygiene and safety, structural compliance and confidence in management are routinely updated.

In the North East and North Yorkshire, the majority of takeaways and restaurants continue to receive a three and above rating.

What each hygiene rating means

0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary
1 - Major Improvement Necessary
2 - Some Improvement Necessary
3 - Hygiene Standards Generally Satisfactory
4 - Hygiene Standards Good
5 - Hygiene Standards Very Good

Here's the list of takeaways recent rated in Darlington

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this list on November 4.

Restaurants, cafes and canteens

The following ratings have been given to two restaurants, cafes or canteens:

Rated 5: KFC at Darlington Retail Park, Yarm Road, Darlington; rated on November 1

Rated 5: Masala Art at 4a Houndgate, Darlington; rated on October 29

Pubs, bars and nightclubs

And one rating has been handed to a pub, bar or nightclub:

Rated 5: The New Bank Top at Bank Top Central, 8 - 12 Yarm Road, Darlington; rated on October 21


Plus eight ratings for takeaways:

Rated 5: Mr Chippy at 62 Eldon Street, Darlington; rated on October 28

Rated 5: Corporation Road Fisheries at 1 Bartlett Street, Darlington; rated on October 27

Rated 5: The Haughton Chippy at 61 Haughton Green, Darlington; rated on October 25

Rated 5: Greggs North East at 60 Cornmill Centre, Darlington; rated on October 20

Rated 5: New Chapter at 10 Mayfair Road, Darlington; rated on October 20

Rated 5: Thirlmere Chippy at 3 Thirlmere Road, Darlington; rated on October 19

Rated 4: Royal at 22 Yarm Road, Darlington; rated on October 20

Rated 3: Mowden Chinese at Mowden Chinese Takeaway, 98 Fulthorpe Avenue, Darlington; rated on November 2