A total of 650 Wetherspoon pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have gained the maximum five star rating in the Food Standards Authority (FSA) Scores on the Doors scheme which highlights hygiene standards in pubs and restaurants.
This represents 85 per cent of the 761 Wetherspoon pubs listed on the FSA website.
Additionally 92 of the company’s pubs gained a four star rating, with 19 pubs below this score.
Council environmental health officers at 363 local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland visit premises to check on hygiene standards.
The hygiene rating reflects the inspection findings and ranges from a minimum of zero to a maximum of five.
According to the Scores on the Doors website, five stars equates to “Excellent. Very high standards of food safety management. Fully compliant with food safety legislation.”
Wetherspoon’s chairman, Tim Martin, said: “It is a myth that all regulation is bad for business.
“The Scores on the Doors scheme is an excellent example of government legislation which works well and is of great benefit to the public.
“It is important that people are made aware of the hygiene levels in pubs and restaurants.
“Our Scores on the Doors results are a great achievement by our management and staff and we will strive to ensure that hygiene levels within our pubs remain high.”
“This positive legislation is in contrast to some government legislation that is unfair on publicans and pub operators.
“For example, sending in under age people into pubs in order to entrap them is wrong.”