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The Filth and the Fury

Simon Binns puts Monton to the food hygiene test – it fails

Written by . Published on April 8th 2011.

The Filth and the Fury

AFTER our story about Manchester’s food hygiene ratings (click here) it got me thinking. How clean are the eateries where I live, in Salford.

Five of them scored a pathetic 1, including two of the three curry houses that are always busy and an independent Italian place. The biggest pub in the village, The Blue Bell, scored a frankly rubbish 2, as did Cromptons at The Waterside, a well-regarded place and my local.

I live in Monton, just off the main road. It’s a nice little place. We’ve got pubs, takeaways, restaurants – even a deli. ‘It's the Didsbury of Salford,’ someone remarked when I moved there five years ago. It’s not, but I like it for that. It’s as chic as Salford will ever allow itself to get, and there’s a great local community who all get on, mostly.

I invest a fair bit of time and money in local food and drink places. So I decided to run them all through the Food Standard Agency’s database.

Of 17 places, only one scored above a 3 (generally satisfactory) and one of them – Pachino’s Pizza – scored a big fat zero (urgent improvement necessary).

Five of them scored a pathetic 1 (major improvement necessary) including two of the three curry houses that are always busy and an independent Italian place. The biggest pub in the village, The Blue Bell, scored a frankly rubbish 2 (improvement necessary), as did Cromptons at the Waterside, a well-regarded place and my local.

The two main restaurants, Blacksticks and Felicini, both scored 3 (generally satisfactory) and the highest score was a 4 (good), which was only managed by one place – The Drop Inn pub.

All in all, the village should hang its head in collective shame. It’s not good enough. The full scores are below – full of 1, 2 and 3 scores, a single 4 and only one 5 in the entire village...from the Tesco Express that seemed to stir up such hatred when news of its arrival caught on.

But the food hygiene lists are a valuable thing for consumers. Not every local authority has made them public, but Manchester and Salford have. And good on them.

And to the bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes out there...we’re watching you.



Scored 0 – (Urgent improvement necessary)

Pachino’s Pizza

1 (Major improvement necessary)

Bon Appetit

Foxton’s Bakery

Leo’s Pizzeria

Shabna Tandoori

Naz Tandoori (restaurant and takeaway)

2 (Improvement necessary)

The Blue Bell

Cromptons at The Waterside

3 (Generally satisfactory)



The Park Hotel

Passage to India


The Coffee House

Ivy Deli

Monton Fish Bar

4 (Good)

The Drop Inn

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NeilApril 9th 2011.

The scary thing here is that the Naz got a record fine (for Salford magistrates anyway) for cleanliness issues just a couple of years ago.

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2012.

I've ate at half of these and spotted BLACK CHICKEN in one of our meals at Shabna. Both them and the Naz have been hit and miss quality wise. I thought Felicini was filthy, tables and menus had the remnants of other peoples' food on plus they had some weird concoctions of dishes (lukewarm hummus and feta pressed together in a wrap anyone). No wonder Passage to India was satisfactory, half the stuff comes out of a bag!Love Ivy Deli though, plus Monton Fish Bar is a good old fashioned chippy!

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