The food hygiene ratings for every McDonald’s in the North East

Fast food chain McDonald’s has come a long way since it was founded in California in the 1940s by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald.

Having failed in the movie business, the brothers decided to put their talents into running drive-through restaurants. In 1948 they introduced their Speedee Service System selling 15c hamburgers, later adding fries and shakes.

The concept was an immediate success and Dick and Mac decided to begin franchising the concept. They sold 14 franchises, of which 10 became operating restaurants.

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The rest, as they say, is history. Last year McDonald’s operated and franchised a whopping 40,031 restaurants globally. From an outlet housed inside a spaceship shaped building in Roswell, New Mexico, to a restaurant in the Museum of Communism in Prague, you’re never far from a Maccy D. There even used to be a branch at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

And you’re never far away from a familiar meal, either. Which is a big part of McDonald’s success. Because wherever you are in the world you’ll find the same value for money and food, whether your must go to menu option is the bestselling Big Mac, a double cheeseburger or chicken nuggets.

But while it seems people can’t enough of McDonald’s it’s important to know how their food hygiene standards stand up to scrutiny. So we’ve taken a look at the McDonald’s across the North East to check their food hygiene ratings as listed on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

In the ratings, five is top of the scale, where standards are very good, and zero is at the bottom, where urgent improvement is necessary.

All ratings were correct at the time of publication.

Newcastle

McDonald’s, Unit 4, Belvedere Retail Park, Belvedere Parkway

Date of Inspection: May 30, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Unit 1, West Denton Retail Park, West Denton Way, West Denton

Date of inspection: November 27, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Potts Street

Date of inspection: May 28, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, 85-93 Grainger Street

Date of inspection: March 28, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, 64-68 Northumberland Street

Date of inspection:: November 5, 2020

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Rotary Way

Date of inspection: June 11, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

Gateshead

McDonald’s, Shearlegs Road

Date of inspection: May 1, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Team Valley Retail Park, Team Valley

Date of inspection: April 16, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Unit 8, Metro Retail Park, Metrocentre

Date of inspection: April 29, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5



Huge queues at McDonald’s at the Metrocentre

McDonald’s, 2-4 Garden Walk, Metrocentre

Date of inspection: April 29, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Shibdon Road, Blaydon

Date of inspection: April 18, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

North Tyneside

McDonald’s, Citadel, Killingworth

Date of Inspection: March 11, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Mallard Way, Silverlink Retail Park, Wallsend

Date of Inspection: March 10, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Asda Superstore, Whitley Road, Benton

Date of Inspection: July 13, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

South Tyneside

McDonald’s, Towers Place, South Shields

Date of inspection: February 21, 2020

Food hygiene rating: 5



McDonald's Simonside, South Shields
McDonald’s Simonside, South Shields

McDonald’s, 3-5 King Street, South Shields

Date of inspection: February 25, 2020

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Abingdon Way Boldon Colliery

Date of inspection: June 25, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

Sunderland

McDonald’s, 250-248 High Street West, Sunderland

Date of inspection: October 25, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Castellian Road, Sunderland

Date of inspection: March 26, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Ryhope Road, Sunderland

Date of inspection: April 12, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Wearmouth Street, Sunderland

Date of inspection: January 12, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, North Moor Road, Sunderland

Date of inspection: February 28, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, The Peel Centre, Washington

Date of inspection: July 24, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Unit V and 31, The Galleries, Washington

Date of inspection: September 13, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

County Durham

McDonald’s at Roadchef, Durham Motorway Services, Tursdale Road, Bowburn

Date of inspection: December 6, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Unit L, Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me

Date of inspection: March 19, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Dragon Lane, Gilesgate, Durham

Date of inspection: June 25, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, 110 Dalton Park, Murton, Seaham

Date of inspection: July 11, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Unit 12, Abraham Enterprise Park, St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland

Date of inspection: May 1, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Genesis Way, Ponds Court Business Park, Consett

Date of inspection: June 25, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Morton Park. Yarm Road, Darlington

Date of inspection: March 9, 2022

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Newton Park Services, Coatham Mundeville, Darlington

Date of inspection: October 12, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Meynell Road, Darlington

Date of inspection: December 7, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Surtees Road, Peterlee

Date of inspection: August 15, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Burn Road, Hartlepool

Date of inspection: January 9, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, 174c Middleton Grange Centre, Hartlepool

Date of inspection: July 3, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, The Lanyard, Marina Way, Hartlepool

Date of inspection: November 11, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

Northumberland

McDonald’s, Moorfarm Roundabout, Cramlington

Date of inspection: December 17, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Forum Way, Cramlington

Date of inspection: June 8, 2021

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Cowpen Road, Blyth

Date of inspection: November 19, 2019

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Loaning Meadows, Berwick

Date of inspection: January 22, 2020

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Lintonville Parkway, Ashington

Date of inspection: January 30, 2020

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Prudhoe Retail Park, Prudhoe

Date of inspection: February 14, 2022

Food hygiene rating: 5

McDonald’s, Hawfinch Drive, Cawledge Business Park, Alnwick

Date of inspection: March 28, 2018

Food hygiene rating: 5

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