DATA has revealed the cities across the country with the most and least hygienic pubs, clubs and bars.

Brighton ranked 20th, with 218 venues out of 346 holding a rating of 5, or 63.01 per cent.

Using data from the Food Standards Agency for the top 40 populous cities across the country, property management platform Property Inspect has compiled a list of the cities with the most highly rated venues.

Gloucester ranked the highest for businesses that hold a rating of 5, with 95.45 per cent, although the city only has 22 venues.

Of the 256 venues in Nottingham 227 of them have 5 ratings, which is 88.67 per cent, making it second in the ranking.

On the other end of the scale, Worcester ranked the lowest, with only 40 per cent of venues scoring a 5. With Cardiff following with 44.33 per cent.

There were only four cities in the dataset where less than 50 per cent of venues received lower than a 5 rating.

Across the whole of the UK, 63.71 per cent of all pubs, clubs and bars are rated a 5 for hygiene and, thankfully, only 0.94 per cent are rated a 1.

Warrick Swift, commercial director of Property Inspect said: “Cleanliness and hygiene in venues of all kinds is becoming increasingly important to customers so a low hygiene rating affects businesses and their patrons alike.

"Venues with a hygiene rating below a 3 could lose as much as 34 per cent of their customers, so getting on top of cleaning practices, whether you’re a pub, club or bar is vital to survival, especially since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Tracking cleaning processes and providing transparent information for customers is essential to adding peace of mind to the experience of your customers, especially as we begin to learn to live with Covid.”

In 2020 specialist insurer, NFU Mutual, surveyed more than 2,100 adults and found that 69 per cent of shoppers now actively check out the ratings and the vast majority of consumers are influenced by them when they choose where to buy food.

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