One star hygiene rating dished out to Middlesbrough café

The Porthole coffee shop
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A Middlesbrough coffee shop has been handed a one food hygiene stamp.

Porthole Coffee Shop, a Middlesbrough institution on the corner of Falmouth Road and Park Vale Road, has been told that major improvement is necessary following a visit from food safety officers on April 25. The café, formely known as Porthole Café, reopened its doors in 2018 after suffering flood damage in November 2016. Many will remember the venue when it was the famous Rea’s ice cream bar.

However, ‘Porthole Coffee SHOP & Premium Desserts’, as it is known on Facebook, has now been handed a hygiene rating of one, with inspectors saying "major improvement" is needed in terms of the management of food safety at the site, which looks at the systems or checks in place to ensure food sold is safe to eat and staff food safety knowledge.

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Meanwhile, the hygienic food handling, which looks at food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling, and storage, and the cleanliness and condition of the site, which covers layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities, and pest control, were both given an "improvement necessary" label.

The website, which allows customers to order online and have food delivered to their door, states: “Here at Porthole Coffee Shop we are constantly striving to improve our service and quality in order to give our customers the very best experience.” “Porthole Coffee Shop in Middlesbrough will always be offering great food at affordable prices,” the website adds.

The eatery serves up breakfasts, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis and burgers. The Porthole Coffee Shop, which is located close to Albert Park, is run by the Anwar brothers, who have owned the place since 2012. The family also runs the adjacent petrol station and nearby Pizza Express shop.

Teesside Live has contacted Porthole Coffee Shop for a comment. Middlesbrough Council could not yet provide the full report.

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