Offer to pay full price for your kid? Would work out cheaper than normal (ie 2 full price meals rather than 2.5) Or maybe take a homeless person with you? Wouldn't save you any money, but might give you a warm feeling :-)
Useless for you but not for many.
useless deal, if I go with hubby and kid where do I get another full paying adult?
That is exactly how the system works, you can have a spotlessly clean kitchen, all food dated and labelled, but if you haven't ticked a few boxes on a form for the day or some paperwork is missing its a 1 star straight away. I used to run a pub kitchen and it is so pointlessly over the top the amount of paperwork involved.
Strange, as on the Food Standards website all (excluding the Scottish ones - different scheme so no stars given) are showing as 5 stars apart from Bristol (3 stars) My impression is that if a restaurant hasn't filled in the paper work fully when they have their first assessment they automatically get a 1 star whether they really deserve it or not. Maybe this is why you think your Cosmo had a 1 star.