Wetherspoons is probably one of the UK's most popular pub chains with hundreds of venues up and down the country - but how do the ones in Reading compare?

With four on our doorstep, we're never far from a cheap drink and a laugh with friends.

But with each restaurant there comes a different standard to cleanliness and hygiene. 

And thanks to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) we get to look at what each of the hygiene ratings is for the different locations. 

Reading Chronicle: Wetherspoons. Credit: PAWetherspoons. Credit: PA

The inspections are carried out by the local authority and findings are updated on the FSA website whenever there is a new inspection conducted by the council. 

What the ratings mean:

There are six different ratings that a venue can be awarded from 0 to 5.

5 - Hygiene standards are very good

4 – Hygiene standards are good

3 – Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 – Some improvement is necessary

1 – Major improvement is necessary

0 – Urgent improvement is required

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How is Wetherspoons assessed?

Inspectors look at a few different key elements when assessing the hygiene of a restaurant including: 

How hygienically the food is handled- such as how its prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled, and stored.

The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, and other facilities.

How the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future.

Reading Chronicle: Wetherspoons pub. Credit: PAWetherspoons pub. Credit: PA

Reading Wetherspoons hygiene ratings

The Hope Tap

Rating: 5

Location: 99-102 Friar Street Reading, RG1 1EP

Last inspected: 18 November 2019

Back of Beyond

Rating: 5

Location: 108 Kings Road Reading RG1 3BY

Last inspected: 31 January 2019

The Baron Cadogan

Rating: 4

Location: 22-24 Prospect Street Caversham Reading RG4 8JG

Last inspected: 29 June 2019

The Monk's Retreat

Rating: 5

Location: 163 Friar Street Reading RG1 1HE

Last inspected: 14 November 2019