A judge has fined a national brewer £180,000 after Croydon council prosecuted one of its pubs for having a dirty kitchen, mouse droppings and poor hygiene practices.

At Croydon magistrates court on the brewer was fined £180,000, plus ordered to pay more than £5,000 in costs, after it admitted multiple hygiene failings found at its pub in Croydon.

When Croydon council inspectors visited the pub on 12 February 2018 they found:

  • Mouse droppings in the kitchen, including in a roasting tin, among utensils, on a serving plate, on tea towels and next to a washing-up sink
  • All fridges, walk-in chillers and a freezer were dirty
  • Grease build-up on a ventilation fan and on pipework.

Council inspectors also found missing and broken wall tiles, trapped dirt under an area of plastic skirting that had come loose and a broken glass behind the prosecco fridge in the main bar.

The owners immediately closed the kitchen at the council’s request, and the council advised the pub of the action needed to rectify the poor standards found. The kitchen reopened on 16 February 2018.

The national Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations require all businesses serving food to have adequate food safety managements systems, and effective practices and procedures to control vermin. This includes properly cleaning anything that comes into contact with food, as well as maintaining permanent food hygiene procedures.  In this case, procedures set by the brewer had failed to be implemented correctly.

Finding that the offences posed a risk of harm to the public, District Judge Susan Green ordered the brewer to pay a fine of £180,000 plus £5,854.88 costs.

Cllr Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities, said: “Anywhere that serves food needs to have good hygiene, and this pub’s customers could have faced a real health risk if council inspectors hadn’t visited.

“This case is shocking because it involves a popular local pub whose owners are major players in the industry and should have known better. “The council will continue to protect residents by taking action against businesses that fail to meet the law on food hygiene.” (Source: Croydon council press release)

Takeaway prosecuted – Failed to comply with breach of condition notice. Gets bill of almost £1,000

A company has been prosecuted for failing to comply with a breach of condition notice following ongoing complaints about noise and smells from the existing ventilation system at the premises.

Following a retrospective planning application for a replacement ventilation system, permission was granted on the basis that certain conditions were to be met, the leaseholder and registered food business owner of a takeaway shop in Beckenham pleaded guilty at Bromley magistrates court to failing to comply with the notice under Section 187A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and was was fined £230 with an additional £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay court costs of £687.

Due to several ongoing complaints about noise and smells from the existing ventilation system which had been installed without planning permission, retrospective permission was granted for the installation of a replacement ventilation system, subject to conditions. These conditions specified that all equipment should be installed within one month of the approval and maintained thereafter in accordance with the approved details. The defendant failed to comply and was served with a breach of condition notice on 23 November 2018 which required compliance with the condition within one month of service of the notice, by 24 December 2018. By 19 February 2019, no response had been received and the notice had not been complied with. (Source: Bromley council press release)


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