PEOPLE eating out in the borough will soon be able to find out how restaurants rate for food hygiene standards.

In April the borough council's environmental protection unit is launching its Scores on the Doors scheme, giving all food premises - from restaurants to shops - an environmental health rating based on a five stars system.

From next month people will have round the clock access to food hygiene inspection results on all the eateries in the borough, by clicking on a link from the borough council's website at

There is free internet access at the council's Civic Way offices in Ellesmere Port and at libraries throughout Cheshire. Alternatively, people can ring the environmental protection unit on 0151 356 6732.

Environmental protection team leader Helen Stott said: 'The scheme will have several benefits, from allowing people to make an informed choice about where they eat or buy food to improving food hygiene standards in the borough.

'Businesses won't be forced to display their rating on their door, but we expect those with the most stars will be happy to advertise the fact while those with less won't, so people can draw their own conclusions.'

The scheme is being implemented across Cheshire, although Halton and Crewe and Nantwich are producing their own in-house publication schemes.

The star ratings will be based on the latest information from food hygiene inspections, and the web-site will be updated on a monthly basis.

The scheme won't include pharmacies and off-licences as they represent a very low risk.