A Brazilian and Portuguese restaurant has been slapped with the second worst possible hygiene rating for the fourth time in six years.

Brazuca Bar in Whippendel Road, Watford, was rated one out of five – ‘major improvement necessary’ – by council food safety officers following an inspection on May 4.

The hygiene score, published this week, is the fourth time Brazuca Bar has been rated one out of five since 2015 – when it was trading as Melo Café.

In January 2017, while still trading as Melo Café, it was rated two – ‘improvement necessary’ – but fell back down to a one rating in July 2018 when trading as O Brazuca.

In January 2020 it was rated one, the first time while trading as Brazuca Bar, before being rated one again this year.

In the latest report the restaurant was found to have ‘very good’ food hygienic food handling but was found wanting in other areas.

Building cleanliness was rated ‘improvement necessary’ and management of food safety (systems to ensure food is served safe and staff training) was rated ‘major improvement necessary’.