Chicken Point in Falmouth gets zero food hygiene rating

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The owner of a popular chicken restaurant says he knows what he is doing and has fixed things after getting a zero food hygiene rating. Fried chicken takeaway Chicken Point, in Falmouth, is among the latest places to be given the damning rating by Cornwall Council.

The Killigrew Street building was visited by the local authority's enforcement officers on April 23, 2024. During the unannounced visit, run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) , the place was found to need "urgent improvements" that earned it the worst hygiene rating a business can get.

The owner, however, who has only been in business at the site for just over three months, says all problems have been rectified and a revisit booked with Cornwall Council. "I've been in business for 20 years and I know how these things work but when I took over everything was completely wrong," he said.

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The Chicken Point was told 'major' improvement was necessary in relation to its hygienic food handling and management of food safety. In relation to its cleanliness and condition of facilities and buildings, the less serious 'improvement necessary' remark was made following the visit, which occured after the business had been taken over, refurbished and opened for the first time as Chicken Point on February 29.

Owner Adam, who says he's spent around £150,000 on getting things up and running, said: "We have done whatever they [Cornwall Council] asked for and will have a revisit soon."

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"I changed to Chicken Point but it was set up as a kebab shop previously. I took over and have invested £150,000 and changed to Chicken Point and we had a visit not long after."

Chicken Point's Facebook page, which has more than 2,000 followers, states: "Welcome to Chicken Point, your go-to destination for succulent fried chicken, tantalizing peri-peri chicken, delicious burgers, wraps, and much more! Our vibrant spot is ideal for those craving a burst of flavour and a meal to remember."

It's got good reviews with fans particularly liking the generous portion sizes, well-cooked grub and affordable prices. In response to one gushing review, the owner said: "Thank you for your kind words about our fast service, affordable prices, and generous portion sizes. We aim to provide a memorable dining experience for all our guests, and we're thrilled to hear that we hit the mark with you. We hope to see you both again soon!"