Search

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.

Archant

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 ratings.food.gov.uk.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

17:50

Business owners in Angel whose livelihoods were destroyed by the Upper Street flooding in December have no idea when their much-needed insurance claims will be dealt with.

17:20

Politicians, businesses and neighbours met on the fringe of Finsbury Park on Saturday for a five-hour discussion about the area’s redevelopment. The Gazette was there for all of it.

14:33

In a new weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visit Sunday in Barnsbury, a cafe so popular that people happily spend hours of their weekend queueing to get in.

11:08

An unemployed Highbury man was grilled in court about why he had so many children.

09:13

The family of Jonathon ‘JJ’ McPhillips will finally be able to grieve at his funeral on Friday. But with his killer still at large, mum Michelle McPhillips says his death has ‘ripped the heart’ out of her family. She speaks to James Morris.

Yesterday, 13:48

The mysterious “Billy” who saved a man’s life in Essex Road by performing CPR is a scaffolder from Essex who was passing in a cab, the Gazette can reveal.

Yesterday, 12:42

Four people have been charged with “aggravated vehicle taking” after a car smashed into pubgoers in Essex Road on Saturday night.

Yesterday, 11:34

A man was subjected to a prolonged sexual assault on a packed rush-hour Tube last week after getting on at Finsbury Park.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now