Greggs is probably the most popular bakery chain in the UK with thousands across the country, including in Ayrshire.

We have seven branches nearby meaning we are never far from a steak bake or a vegan sausage roll.

But with each store, 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. 

Ayr Advertiser: Inside a Greggs shop. Credit: PAInside a Greggs shop. Credit: PA

What the ratings mean:

There are three different ratings in Scotland under the Food Hygiene Information Scheme.

  • Pass means they meet the legal requirements for food hygiene.
  • Improvement Required means the business didn’t meet the legal requirements and needs to make improvements.
  • Exempt Premises means the business has been inspected by a local authority food safety officer, met the pass criteria, but doesn’t meet the criteria to be part of the scheme. These businesses are low-risk to people’s health in terms of food safety and you perhaps wouldn’t normally think of them as a food business – for example, newsagents, chemist shops or visitor centres selling tins of biscuits.

A new business or if there is a new owner will be listed as "Awaiting Inspection" and will not have a food hygiene rating.

How is Greggs 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.

South Ayrshire Greggs hygiene ratings

Portland Street, Troon

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 15 April 2019

85 Main Street, Prestwick

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 03 December 2019

85 High Street, Ayr

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 12 September 2018

11 Allison Street, Ayr

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 03 September 2021

Heathfield Retail Park, Liberator Drive, Ayr

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 02 December 2019

63 - 65 Dalrymple Street, Girvan

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 12 March 2020

239 High Street, Ayr

Rating: Pass

Last inspected: 03 July 2019