Cheshire Yeoman pub fined total of £6,000 for food safety offences
6 May 2016The owner of an Ellesmere Port pub restaurant has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £6,036 for food hygiene offences.
Mr Peter Andrews (52) had previously pleaded guilty to eight offences, under food safety and hygiene legislation in respect of offences occurring at The Cheshire Yeoman Public House, Ledsham Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH66 4QR when he appeared for sentence at Chester Magistrates Court on 5 May 2016.
The court heard that on 28 January 2015 during an inspection by the Environmental Health Team from Cheshire West and Chester Council, the kitchen was found to be in a general unhygienic state, with grease and dirt. Officers also found a contaminated ice machine and out of date Cornish Clotted Cream.
As a result of the inspection, the Cheshire Yeoman received a food hygiene rating of 1 - Urgent Improvement Required.
Two further visits were carried out in May 2015 and September 2015 where similar conditions were found, despite the previous visits from the Environmental Health Team.
The court fined Peter Andrews £4,000 and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £1,906.
Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "The safety of customers must be the top priority for any food business and food safety officers within our Regulatory Services Team work proactively to help business owners comply with legislation and meet hygiene standards.
"The Cheshire Yeoman was originally targeted as part of the Regulatory Services Better Business Project in January 2015, which inspected poorly rated food premises with a food hygiene score of less than 2.
"We have secured several prosecutions recently as a result of this highly successful project. When food businesses fail to accept our support and put the public’s health at risk, we have no other option than to take the matter to court."