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Black Sluice Cafe hits 'high five'

Black Sluice Cafe in Boston is one of a number of the latest food establishments to achieve the highest "5" rating for hygiene.

Co-proprietors Thomas Hunt and Helen Lovelace only took over at the cafe in June and both were delighted to get the top food hygiene rating.

They said: "It is good for the business to be able to demonstrate to customers that we are doing all we should so far as food hygiene is concerned. It gives them assurance and confidence in what we do."

Since taking over the cafe on London Road near the South Forty Foot they have changed the interior decor and updated the menu and paid special attention to general cleanliness.

Alison Means, the council's environmental health manager, said: "It's good to hear that owners recognise the importance of achieving a high food hygiene rating and consider it to be worthwhile.

"Customers can give them their business with confidence that their food storage and preparation is fully compliant with food safety legislation.

"We would encourage all food establishments to aim for the highest rating. "

The council's environmental health officers inspect  premises and rate them in line with the Food Standard Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

You can search for information about hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and food shops at

Food premises are rated from zero to five.

These are the latest food premises in Boston borough to receive a top hygiene rating:

International Food and Drink, Boston Road, Kirton; O and M Market, Fenside Road, Boston; Afro-Caribbean Mini Market, George Street, Boston; Kirton Cottage, High Street, Kirton; Bobby's Burgers, Horncastle Road, Boston; The Little Kitchen, Red Lion Street, Boston; Continental Restaurant, Red Lion Street, Boston; The Gardens Residential Home, Sleaford Road, Boston; Black Sluice Cafe, London Road, Boston; A W Curtis and Sons, West Street, Boston; Tapas Lounge Restaurant, West Street, Boston, and Country Gourmet, Wide Bargate, Boston.