Food & Drink

A pizza takeaway shop on Newark Road in Lincoln has been awarded a one star hygiene rating for the second time in three years.

Pizza 4 U on Newark Road was inspected by the city council on December 8, 2020, with the findings suggesting “major improvement” was needed in the management of food safety.

City of Lincoln Council inspectors also said the kitchen requires improvement for food handling and cleanliness.

It comes less than three years after the restaurant’s last one star rating in March 2018, a score which improved to four stars in February 2019.

The restaurant has generally favourable reviews online, however, averaging a 4.6/5 on Foodhub and 4.6/6 on Just Eat.

The Lincolnite approached Pizza 4 U for a comment on this, but have yet to receive a reply by the time of publication.

A charity in Lincoln provided 80 healthy meals in just one hour as it began supplying free school meals for children — and it’s only just getting started.

Abbey Access Training has been busy making hot food for children entitled to the free school meals scheme at the Arboretum Cafe on Monks Road.

The charity will be providing meals for families of Monks Abbey School pupils to collect twice a week, with help from funding courtesy of Bishop Grosseteste University.

“Community makes community” is the message from Arboretum Cafe as they provide meals for children.

On the first day of the offer (Thursday, January 14) the cafe reported 80 meals collected in just one hour, with many more still expected in the coming weeks.

Sharon Emms from the charity said they will be making healthy, nutritious meals for children for the next six weeks.

She said: “We are ensuring all meals are packed full of vegetables which are low in salt and have no sugar or artificial ingredients added.

“Everything is made from scratch and we are handing out two meals to last two days, plus fresh fruit.”

Brilliant work from the Arboretum Cafe!

Large lasagnes and bolognese meals were made by volunteers at Abbey Access Training before being packed away and arranged for collections.

Ingredients were donated by supermarket Asda, as well as the Lincoln Community Larder (food bank) and Bookers.

Asda offered help by providing ingredients to the cafe for their meals. | Photo: Arboretum Cafe

It comes as a direct response to criticism of the government’s external school meal provider Chartwells, whose food hampers came under scrutiny for their £30 price tag.

Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford also joined in the debate, calling the photos that emerged online “unacceptable” in his battle to end child food poverty.

This has since prompted a response from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spoke with Rashford on the phone telling him that an investigation into the hampers has taken place.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has now said that families would be offered vouchers instead of the hampers as of next week.

Arboretum Cafe has put out an appeal to anyone who may need help to provide hot meals for their children.

“Please do not struggle, email us now [email protected] and we will work our hardest to make sure that no one is left behind in this time of need.”

A new English, Mediterranean and Italian takeaway will open in the former Salamander shop in Lincoln next month after planning permission was granted by City of Lincoln Council.

Daud Gambari applied for a change of use for the unit on Park Street from retail to hot food takeaway, which will be situated next door to Capri Pizza House, that he is also a director of according to Companies House.

It will replace alternative clothing store Salamander, which announced in May last year that it had closed its shop that had served Lincoln for 25 years and moved online.

The new takeaway will open in the unit former occupied by Salamander on Park Street in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The unit has been vacant since then and Javid Keshmiri, who is the landlord of the building, told The Lincolnite that works, including with the ventilation, started this week after planning permission was granted on January 11, 2021.

He is working with the city council on building control, health and environment, to make sure everything is up to standard.

Mr Keshmiri said the new takeaway selling pizzas, burgers, kebabs and more, will hopefully open in February, depending on government restrictions, but as of yet it doesn’t have a name.

Work has begun on site. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The Design and Access Statement says that the availability of affordable readily available food will help to “reduce the negative impact of excessive drinking and inadvertently will result in a safer/calmer city centre, especially during very late hours at night”.

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