Sunderland City Council food safety inspectors have assessed these businesses for their food hygiene and given them the top score of five.
Inspectors look at areas such as hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, along with management of food safety, when giving a rating.
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For a business to get the top rating of five, they must do well in all three elements at the time of the inspection.
Scroll down for the full list of businesses that were given a new rating of five, according to the Food Standards Agency, in postcode order.
The Havelock Arms, Bonemill Lane, Washington, NE38 8AJ – rated five stars on May 24, 2022.
The Cove By The Calabash Tree, Treasur Express, Swan Road, Washington, NE38 8JJ – rated five stars on May 20, 2022.
Freys B's, Evolve Business Centre, Cygnet Way, Rainton Bridge South, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5QY – rated five stars on June 7, 2022.
The Meadows Coffee Shop, Durham Wildlife Trust, Mallard Way, Houghton-Le-Spring, DH4 6PU – rated five stars on May 19, 2022.
Welcome Cafe, Apostolic Church, Brick Garth, Easington Lane, Houghton-Le-Spring, DH5 0LE – rated five stars on May 23, 2022.