Fridge hits popular tearoom rating

The Albion Tearooms in Market Rasen
The Albion Tearooms in Market Rasen
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Yet another popular Market Rasen eatery, the Albion Tearooms in Queen Street, has fallen foul of the health inspector.

The family-run teashop has received only one star for hygiene from West Lindsey District Council, which follows similar ratings at other favourite outlets.

But the website TripAdvisor has awarded the five-year-old shop 5-stars for food, with 75 of 84 posters rating it excellent, making it the second-best of 26 restaurants in the Rasen area.

Owner Daniel Stalford said the 1-star was awarded because a new fridge had temperatures “slightly above the acceptable range.”

“As this fridge is located next to one of the cookers it had to work hard to get the right temperature. This is something we hadn’t had before and temperature readings by us beforehand had shown the right temperature. We have since replaced the fridge with an upgraded and commercial purpose fridge and are awaiting a re-inspection. The inspector did say that had the fridge not been at fault then we would likely have received a 5-star rating.”

This example adds to controversy over ratings, recently investigated by the Rasen Mail, which revealed low marks do not always signify dirt. Since our investigation, the Sunnyside-Up farmshop has been upgraded from 1 to 3 stars, the best it says is allowed based on its ratings history. The Kings Head at Tealby also received 1-star recently. After meeting WLDC staff about regulations, it expects 4-stars.