Highbury cafe billed £2,500 for lying about food hygiene rating

PUBLISHED: 10:48 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 16 March 2017

Veli's Cafe showing the '5' food hygiene rating stickers, which were up while the cafe had a '1' rating. It now has a '3' rating.

Veli's Cafe showing the '5' food hygiene rating stickers, which were up while the cafe had a '1' rating. It now has a '3' rating.


A Highbury café has been left with a bill for £2,500 after claiming it had a top food hygiene rating of 5 – when the actual rating was 1.

Veli’s Café in Drayton Park was visited by Islington Council’s trading standards officers in June after reports it had been displaying a fake certificate for almost a year.

On arrival they found two stickers with a 5 rating on the front door, as well as a certificate. A 5 rating means “very good” and the 1 rating it actually had means “much improvement necessary”.

Kinal Ltd, trading as Veli’s Café, was fined £1,500 in its absence at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week.

It was found guilty of two offences and ordered to pay costs of £896 and a victim surcharge of £75, a total of £2471.

Veli’s did have a 5 rating, but it was downgraded to a 1 in july 2015. It now has a 3 rating.

Islington has urged other businesses to check they are displaying the right food hygiene ratings to make sure members of the public are not misled.

Community safety boss Cllr Andy Hull said: “It’s important residents and visitors know where they can expect good food hygiene, and have confidence in the food hygiene rating system.”

In December the Gazette revealed the 23 restaurants in Islington that had been given zero ratings. Find them here.

To find out the food hygiene rating of rating of a particular food premises, visit

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories


Two moped thugs from Islington have been locked up for more than three years after being chased and caught with 17 stolen phones.

Lee Jay Hatley’s alleged murderer accidentally knifed him in a “scuffle”, a court heard today.

Two homeless women who had been sleeping under the Stroud Green Road bridge for a year have been offered housing – weeks after the Gazette published the tragic stories of how they had ended up there.


Islington is notorious for brutally high rent. But a brilliant yoga centre for people with special needs has been given a brand new premises for just £1,000 a year.

Migrants who arrive in Islington face a daunting prospect: mountains of government paperwork in a language they often aren’t familiar with; a ban on getting certain state benefits; and no legal help.


Dozens of new council homes were unveiled on Finsbury’s King Square Estate yesterday as part of a major regeneration.

Yesterday, 19:01

It was a lesson in politics for a set of inquisitive youngsters during a visit to the council chamber at Islington Town Hall.

Yesterday, 15:42

Today, it’s the pricey trampoline park that has the Sobell in the headlines. Four (and a bit) decades ago, it opened amid similar protests about how much it would cost. In between, it played a crucial role in Britain’s decision to join and then leave the EEC and the EU. The Gazette chats to 1970s Sobell manager Hywel Griffiths.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now