E7 food shops - FSA ratings, April 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

This is the third summary of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) cleanliness ratings for Forest Gate food shops; for others, 2014 and 2015, see here and here.

There are more stores covered in this survey than in the previous ones, because more have opened and the FSA have been more diligent at tracking them down for assessment (29 were surveyed in 2014, 74 in 2015 and 104 in the current survey).

We have been a bit more restrictive in the types of shops we have included this time. So, although news agencies, post offices and chemists are included in the FSA listings, we have omitted them from this year's survey - as selling food is not their main function.

With these changes and caveats in mind, caution should be exercised in making sweeping comparisons of overall performance across the three surveys. 

Overall, however, the headline would be that standards in food shops locally appear to be improving. 

For example, the 2017 survey recorded 53% of local food shops receiving four (good) or five (very good) stars for food hygiene. The equivalent figure in 2014 was 28% and in 2015 46%.

In 2017, although a disturbingly high 26% of food shops were awarded two (generally unsatisfactory) or fewer stars, the equivalent figures for 2014 was a dreadful 34% and in 2015 a slightly better 22%

Part of the explanation for the apparent overall improvement in performance between the surveys is that most of the dreadful shops from previous surveys have subsequently closed - with customers presumably adding a thumbs down to their standards, matching that of the assessors.

One exception to this trend, however, seems to be the awful Wenty's Tropical Foods, of Upton Lane. It managed the difficult task of worsening its 1 star (major improvement necessary) rating in 2014 to zero stars (urgent improvement necessary) three years later. 


Wenty's on Upton Lane - going from bad to worse
Can it get any lower? Can it survive? Will it be closed down sometime soon? Watch this space - for the next survey!

The second major explanation for the overall apparent upward trend in results is the pleasingly high (14 shops) number of premises which have seen a significant improvement in overall hygiene - up by two or more stars, compared with the relatively small number (5 shops) that have experienced a downward drift of similar proportions. See lists of plaudits and custard pies below.

The FSA use detailed criteria in making their overall assessment, and summaries can be found here. For simplicity, we have applied a shorthand, and indicate it in the sub-heads below.

A word on the dates, below. The date immediately following the address of each entry is the date of the last FSA inspection. The dates and ratings below that are the stars recorded in previous surveys covered by this blog.

Plaudits

shops improving by two or more stars since recent surveys


Al Rehmam Food Stores - up from 2 stars (2015) to 5
Nirala - up from 2 stars (2015) to 5
Pennies & Pounds - up from 2 stars (2015) to 5
Reids Minimart - up from 2 stars (2015) to 5
Himalaya Food Stores - up from 1 stars (2014 and 2015) to 4
Barry's Meat Market - up from 3 stars (2015) to 5
Co-operative - up from 3 stars (2015) to 5
Mina Stores - up from 3 stars (2015) to 5
Tesco (Romford Road) - up from 3 stars (2015) to 5
Devran Supermarket - up from 2 stars (2015) to 4
Cakes & Bakes - up from 1 stars (2015) to 3
Amaan Butchers and Grocers - up from 0 stars (2014) to 2
Up from zero stars to 2 over 3 years
Kitheta African Shop - up from 0 stars (2015) to 2


Custard pies

shops declining by two or more stars since recent surveys

Eggless Cake Box  - down from 5 stars (2015) to 1 star


In 2015 it was known simply as the Cake  Box and
was awarded 5 stars. Since then it has become the
 Eggless Cake Box. In addition to the disappearance
 of the eggs have gone 4 stars
- as it now scores only 1 star
Al Madina Butcher - down from 3 stars (2015) to 0 stars
Akbars - down from 5 stars (2014 and 2015) to 3 stars


Down from 5 to 3 stars
Bondor Cash and Carry (Green Street) - down from 3 stars (2014 and 2015) to 1 star
Sobji Bazar - down from 3 stars (2015) to 1 star

5 stars (Very Good)

Al-Rehman Food Store
465 Romford Road 
E7 8AB
January 2016
2015 rating: 2

Aphrodites Food 
Railway Arches 370 & 371 Station Road 
E7 0AB
February 2016

Aswat & Sons
170 Green Street 
E7 8JT
October 2015

Barry's Meat Market
49A Woodgrange Road 
E7 0HX
February 2016
2015 rating: 3


Local favourite butcher's - up from 3 to 5 stars
Blackstone
60 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
January 2016

Bonoful Indian Sweets
178 Green Street 
E7 8JT
September 2015

Cheap Store
157 Green Street 
E7 8JE
August 2014
2015 rating: 5

Co-op
67-73 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EL
January 2017
2015 rating: 3

East London Wine
2 St Georges Road 
E7 8HY
October 2016

Fish Mela
39 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
October 2015
2014 rating: 5
2015 rating: 5

Gafoor Pure Halal 
134 Green Street 
E7 8JQ
October 2015
2015 rating: 5

Hammer Nutrition 
227 Romford Road 
E7 9HL
November 2015

KK Fruits & Veg
281 Green Street 
E7 8LJ
December 2015

Mina Stores
274 Green Street 
E7 8LF
December 2016
2015 rating: 3

Nawal
253 Green Street 
E7 8LJ
February 2015
2015 rating: 5

Nirala
276 Green Street
 E7 8LF
July 2015
2015 rating: 2

Pennies & Pounds
452 Romford Road 
E7 8DF
September 2015
2015 rating: 2

Reids Minimart 
19 Station Road 
E7 0ES
July 2015
2015 rating: 2

Step In Local
321 Romford Road 
E7 9HA
May 2015

Tesco
542 Romford Road 
E7 8AF
October 2015
2015 rating: 3

Tesco
28 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0QH
February 2016
2014 rating: 4
2015 rating: 4


Woodgrange Road's Tesco - up from 4 to 5 stars
The Urban Chocolatier
Unit 30 232 - 236 Green Street 
E7 8LE
April 2015
2015 rating: 5

TSB Cash & Carry
428 Katherine Road
E7 8NP
August 2015
2014 rating: 1
2015 rating: 5


Upton Lane Food & Wine
7 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
March 2016

Variety Foods 
20 Carlton Terrace Green Street 
E7 8BZ
September 2016
2015 rating: 4

Woodgrange Market Organic Veg Stall
41 Hampton Road 
E7 0PD
JUly 2014


4 stars (Good)

Angies Stock Shop
51 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EL
September 2015

Bharat Food Store Roots
4 - 6 Carlton Terrace Green Street 
E7 8LH
February 2016
2015 rating: 5

Caner Supermarket
163 Odessa Road 
E7 9DU
February 2016

Convenient Off Licence
55A Field Road 
E7 9DW
February 2016

Costcutter
191 - 197 Upton Lane 
E7 9PJ
October 2016

Davina Supermarket
58 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
September 2016

Devran Supermarket
5 Woodgrange Road 
E7 8BA
January 2016
2015 rating: 2

Forest Food & Wine
76 - 78 Dames Road 
E7 0DW
January 2016

Forest Gate Food & Wine
90 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EW
January 2016

Happy Shoppa
359 - 361 Katherine Road 
E7 8LT
February 2016

Himalaya Food Store
332 - 336 Katherine Road 
E7 8NW
September 2016
2014 rating: 1
2015 rating: 1


Up from an unsatisfactory 1
 star to a very respectable 4 stars
Iqbal Food Store
4 St Georges Road 
E7 8HY
February 2016

Jainal Mini Store
135C Green Street 
E7 8JE
February 2016

Katherine Food & Wine
241 Katherine Road 
E7 8PP
November 2015

Krishna Cash & Carry
380-382 Romford Road 
E7 8BS
November 2015

Nades Express
446 Romford Road 
E7 8DF
February 2016

Pas Mama Shop
122 Upton Lane 
E7 9LW
February 2017

Patco Fruit & Veg
374 Romford Road 
E7 8BS
February 2016

Patel's Corner Shop
1 Green Street 
E7 8DA
February 2016

Pound Point
115 Green Street 
E7 8JF
October 2015

Provincija
364 Katherine Road 
E7 8NW
February 2016

SM Food
9 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
April 2015
2015 rating: 4

Tesco
326 Katherine Road 
E7 8PG
October 2015
2014 rating: 5
2015 rating: 5

The Cake Family
88A Upton Lane 
E7 9LW
November 2016

The Forest Gate Offy 
122A Godwin Road 
E7 0LP
February 2016

Toor Stores
101 - 105 Green Street 
E7 8JF
February 2016

Vraj General Store
78 Station Road 
E7 0AD
January 2016

Zadran Supermarket
470 Katherine Road 
E7 8DP
January 2016

Zaga Supermarket /Day 1 Local Express
12-14 Woodford Road 
E7 0HA
January 2016



3 stars (Generally satisfactory)

777 Shops
518 Romford Road 
E7 8AF
January 2016

A & S Mini Market 
376 Katherine Road 
E7 8NW
August 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


A & S Mini Market - consistently
 scores 3 stars
Akbar's
51 - 53 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
February 2016
2014 rating: 5
2015 rating: 5

Asona Ba
305 Romford Road 
E7 9HA
February 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


Another consistently "generally
satisfactory" Romford Road food shop
Bay Of Bengal
109 Green Street 
E7 8JF
December 2016

Berket Food Centre
116 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EW
December 2016

Bismillah Halal Meats
70 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
January 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


One of the best rated local Halal butchers
 - comes through consistently with 3 stars
Cakes & Bakes
302C Romford Road 
E7 9HD
April 2016
2015 rating: 1

Grange Food & Wine
76 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EN
November 2015

Green Village
10 Carlton Terrace Green Street 
E7 8LH
February 2016

Iceland - Woodgrange
4 - 20 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0QH
September 2015

JB Sweets & Savouries
372 Romford Road 
E7 8BS
February 2016

Katarzynka Polish Supermarket
318B Romford Road 
E7 9HD
December 2015
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


Consistently "generally
satisfactory" Polish
supermarket
London Sweet & Grocery
72 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EN
January 2016

One Stop Shop
296 Romford Road 
E7 9HD
February 2016

Orbit Food Stores
2 Reginald Road 
E7 9HS
January 2015
2015 rating: 3

Pascheal Exotics & Wesco Enterprises
36-38 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
January 2016

Smiling Coast Foods
75 Green Street 
E7 8JF
July 2016

Sri Supermarket
522 Romford Road 
E7 8AF
December 2015

TSB Cash & Carry 2
41 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
March 2016

United Halal Meat
3 Carlton Terrace Green Street 
E7 8LH
February 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3

Vasara 
171 Forest Lane 
E7 9BB
March 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 2


After a slight dip in 2015,
 back up to 3 stars
Vinto
529 Katherine Road 
E7 8EB
July 2016
2015 rating: 2
2 stars (Improvement necessary)

Amaan Butchers & Grocers
42 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
January 2017
2014 rating: 0

Dallas Supermarket
323 Romford Road 
E7 9HA
November 2015

Dames Off Licence
215 Dames Road 
E7 0EA
February 2013
2014 rating: 2
2015 rating: 2


Last tested in 2013 and in
 need of improvement then
Green Street Fish Bazaar
56A Green Street 
E7 8BZ
November 2015

Kiheta African Shop 
1A Sebert Road 
E7 0NG
January 2017
2015 rating: 0

London Fish Bazaar
149 - 153 Green Street 
E7 8JQ
January 2017
2015 rating: 1

M K Bros
30 - 32 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0QH
May 2012
2014 rating: 2
2015 rating: 2


Woodgrange Road's MK Bros with a
consistent and disappointing 2 stars
Safari International
Ground Floor Front 49 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
February 2017

Unique Cash & Carry
418-420 Katherine Road 
E7 8NP
January 2016
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


1 star (Major improvement necessary)

7 Till 11 
77 Wellington Road 
E7 9BY
July 2016

A & S Food
200 Shrewsbury Road 
E7 8QJ
June 2012

Anand Pan Centre
229 Green Street 
E7 8LL
December 2016
2015 rating: 1

Atawakal Fresh Halal Meat
493 Katherine Road 
E7 8DR
August 2016
2015 rating: 1

Bondor Bazaar Cash & Carry
130 Green Street 
E7 8JQ
December 2015
2014 rating: 3
2015 rating: 3


Bondor, Green Street - down from
 a decent  3 stars to a poor 1 star

Bondor Cash & Carry
116 Upton Lane 
E7 9LW
December 2015
2014 rating: 1
2015 rating: 1

Green Hut
457 Romford Road 
E7 8AB
October 2016

Khan Brothers
45 Woodgrange Road 
E7 8BA
July 2016

Osiedlak 
79A Woodgrange Road 
E7 9BB
January 2016

Sea Food Supermarket
109-111 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EP
June 2016

Sobji Bazar 
92 Woodgrange Road 
E7 0EW
December 2015
2015 rating: 3

The Eggless Cake Box
163 Green Street 
E7 8JE
August 2016
2015 rating: 5

Unique Supermarket
513 Katherine Road 
E7 8EB
January 2017


0 stars (Urgent improvement necessary)

Al Madina Butcher
21 Upton Lane 
E7 9PA
2015 rating: 3

Gloria Stores
74 Shrewsbury Road 
E7 8A
February 2016

Ishmael Halal Butchers
184 Shrewsbury Road 
E7 8QJ
July 2016

Wenty's Tropical Foods
26 Upton Lane 
E7 9LN
October 2016
2014 rating: 1

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