More than 100 food service providers in Falmouth, Penryn and the surrounding areas achieved the highest possible rating in a recent inspection by the Food Standards Agency.

In Falmouth, 97 out of 204 premises were rated as five, or very good, and in Penryn 15 out of 38 businesses achieved the same level.

However, the agency found that ten per cent of caterers in the two towns gave them cause for concern over hygiene.

The lowest rated restaurants in Falmouth, all with one, were: Caddyshack Tea Rooms at Swanpool Pitch and Putt; Falmouth Townhouse, at Grove Place; Happy Palace, at Berkeley Vale; The Quayside Inn, in Arwenack Street; The Village Arms, at Pendra Loweth; The Boslowick Inn, on Prislow Lane; Cafe Cherie, in Market Strand; Lendien Rocks Cafe, in Boscawen Road; The Crepe Factory, on Erisey Terrace; as well as The New Inn on Church Road, Mabe; and St Gluvias Cricket Club on Kernick Road, Penryn.

One other business which was rated as one, The Clipper Inn, on Mongleath Road, has since closed.

In Falmouth 11 businesses were rated as two, or needing improvement.

In Penryn two premises received a rating of two, and a further two received a rating of only one, however neither Falmouth nor Penryn had any caterers with the lowest rating, zero, which signifies urgent improvement is necessary.

A further seven businesses were listed on the agency’s website as exempt, meaning they are a low risk business not primarily focused on providing food, or they are a childminder or a business offering catering services at home.

As expected, every catering location at Falmouth Hospital, the main hospital kitchen and the Boscawen Ward kitchens, received the top rating, and almost all healthcare, childcare or other care premises, such as day centres, received a four or a five, with just one in Falmouth receiving a three, signifying generally satisfactory.

Among the top scorers, all with a rating of five, were: the Falmouth Hotel, on Cliff Road; the Castle Beach Cafe, at Castle Beach; the Pandora Inn, at Restronguet; The Shack and The Shed, on Discovery Quay; the Trengilly Wartha Inn, near Constantine; the Trelawne Hotel, at Maenporth; BR Boreham Butchers, in Killigrew Street; De Wynns Coffee House, in Church Street; Harbour Lights chip shop, in Arwenack Street; and the Fisherman’s Cafe, on Exchequer Quay, Penryn.

To check whether your favourite eatery cuts the mustard visit the FSA website here.