NEW food hygiene ratings have been awarded to three establishments, the Food Standards Agency’s website shows.

The Cross pub at Oldswinford, Stourbridge was given a four-out-of-five score after assessment on October 3.

Little Dessert Shop, at 63 High Street, Brierley Hill was handed a five-out-of-five rating after an assessment on July 6.

And Little Empire Hardware, on Chawn Park Drive, Stourbridge, was also given a score of five on July 5.

The ratings have been published on the Food Standards Agency’s website which rates businesses from zero to five so customers can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food.

A rating of five means hygiene standards are very good, four means hygiene standards are good, three means hygiene standards are generally satisfactory, two means some improvement is necessary, a rating of one means major improvement is necessary and a rating of zero means urgent improvement is required.

People can see the results of all food hygiene inspections via Dudley Council’s website or on the national website.