Two Lincoln Chinese takeaways get one star hygiene rating

Two Chineses takeaways in Lincoln have been given a one star food hygiene rating.

Pang City on Monks Road was inspected by the City of Lincoln Council on March 25, 2019. The Great Wall based on Lamb Gardens in Lincoln was inspected on March 20, 2019 and both ratings were published on Wednesday.

In the 2019 rating from the Food Standards Agency for both Pang City and The Great Wall it states that improvement is necessary in the categories of ‘Hygienic food handling’ and the ‘Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building’. Major improvement is deemed necessary in the ‘Management of food safety’.

Pang City

Chinese takeaway Pang City on Monks Road. Photo: Google Street View

Mr and Mrs Pang have owned the family-run business for over 20 years. A spokesperson on behalf of the takeaway told The Lincolnite that the low rating was not about the food and was mainly to do with poor record keeping. The owners have since taken immediate steps to rectify the situation.

The takeaway had two inspections in 2017 – a rating of two in June that year before it rose up to four in the August. However, after the 2019 visit the rating dropped down to one.

A spokesperson on behalf of the takeaway told The Lincolnite: “Since the rating the couple that has this property have updated their food hygiene course, which they recently passed, and they are doing daily records.

“Issues were raised such as they had to have a hot water tap in the toilet, but this wasn’t pointed out at the 2017 inspection. They’ve taken immediate steps to rectify all the points highlighted. They’ve repainted the inside and had a plumber in already.

“They weren’t as stringent on labelling food in the freezer, but they have now addressed all the points highlighted in the inspection.

“There is an issue with the gas cooker range and the gasman is coming out soon. Once this is sorted they are ready to give the council a call to pay the £150 for a re-inspection.”

The spokesperson added that some of the problems at the inspection were down to the language barrier and they have spoken to the environmental health officer on the owners’ behalf.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall Chinese takeaway on Lamb Gardens in Lincoln. Photo: Google Street View

After inspections in October 2015 and June 2017 the Chinese takeaway based on Lamb Gardens was given a three star rating both times.

However, the rating dropped down to one with improvement deemed necessary in ‘Hygienic food handling’ and the ‘Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building’ after the inspection on March 20, 2019.

Major improvement was deemed necessary in the ‘Management of food safety’ after the inspection.

Reporters tried to contact the takeaway, but there was no response on the phone numbers available and it was not open at the time. The City of Lincoln Council were also contacted, but there was no response by the time of publication.

Recent Lincoln ratings

The following ratings were released on Wednesday, May 1 for businesses in Lincoln:

Five star rating – Dine Contract Catering, Aldi, Damons Restaurant, Up The Junxion (now called Smiths Tea Room), St Peter & St Paul Parish Centre, Scout HQ, New Capital Takeaway, Life Church, Lincoln Co-operative Society Ltd, Luxshan Stores, Super Lincs, Iceland Frozen Food Ltd, Wagamama, The Swan, DoubleTree by Hilton, Sellars 3G Fish Bar, Sainsbury’s, The Crafty Bottle, Bombay Restaurant, The Strait and Narrow, LCH Ward Kitchens, Compass Group, McFarlane Catering, Hartsholme Centre, The Allotment House, Agra

Four star rating – Papa John’s Pizza, Central Production Unit (at Lincoln County Hospital), Eamonn’s, Burton Spice, Wragby Pizza And Kebab House

Three star rating – The Rogue Saint

Two star rating – The Modern Indian Cuisine, Churchill’s (Lincoln)

One star rating – Pang City, The Great Wall