Thanks to Manchester Confidential for digging out the Food Standards Agency information on restaurant hygiene. They selected several which rated zero and many more that rated just 1. I have to say I was particularly dismayed at some of the places featured in the lowest rated list, most notably the Yang Sing on Princess Street which was last inspected in January 2011. I even recommended a friend to go there last week when he was up with work from London. To be clear and to be fair, a zero rating demands urgent improvement. You hope this was just catching them on a bad day.
Here are a few other places I've been to recently that only rated 1, which means "major improvement necessary".
In Chinatown: Pacific and Royal Orchid.
Sandwich shops: The Beautiful British Butty on Portland Street and Nicky's.
Northern Quarter: Kabana and Koffee Pot
Other city centre restaurants: Efes Tavern.
I'll be checking back to see if they have improved and in the interests of fairness will point this out.