Etwall hotel gets a poor hygiene rating of one star

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Changes were made to a historic hotel in South Derbyshire after hygiene inspectors found moldy food in the kitchen.

The Blenheim House Hotel, in Main Street, Etwall, received several rave reviews on TripAdvisor and was visited by agents from the South Derbyshire District Council on July 29 for a food hygiene inspection.

Inspectors found cheese and meat that had passed its expiration date in the refrigerator and moldy food stored in containers as they gave it a poor one-star food hygiene rating.

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They also found mold on some equipment, dirt in some kitchens and a buildup of garbage in the backyard.

The upscale restaurant offers nine hotel rooms with private bathrooms.

Responding to the low food hygiene rating, Adam Ellis, manager of Blenheim House, said the issues were now resolved and a re-inspection had been booked for later this week.

The report, which gave the outlet a score of one in five, said: “At the time of my visit, some food, namely Stilton cheese, was found in the refrigerator with an expiration date of 14. -07-2021 The expiration date had been exceeded by 15 days.

“There have been other cases of expired food, including moldy food containers. It’s not acceptable.

“If a similar event is observed on future visits, further legal action may be taken against you in the interest of public safety.”

The hotel was rated overall satisfactory in terms of cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building, but was told that improvement was needed in the hygienic handling of food and a major improvement was needed in the management of the food. Food Safety.

A score of one in five means major improvement is needed, with a score of zero meaning urgent improvement is needed and could see a grocery store temporarily closed if it is considered a risk to public health .

A score of three or more means that an establishment generally meets the criteria set out by the Food Standards Agency.

Mr Ellis said the score was lower than expected due to an administrative issue that led the council to believe he was not a registered food business operator, which led him to be incorrectly, but automatically penalized.

He said that this issue has now been resolved, along with other issues described in the report.

He said: “Three of those stars were removed because South Derbyshire’s stagecoach was poor and said as part of the report we were not registered as a food company which subtracted three stars naturally.

“So it wouldn’t be a one star rating on that basis because we have the food business registered, and why they haven’t improved it. [Mr Ellis did not know], because we made them aware of it.

“We wouldn’t try to do that [have a reinspection] if steps had not been taken to change this [the issues found in the report].

“Since the scoring, certainly one of the bosses we had a particular issue with has now left the company, and that’s something we started as a result of that, and Marston has a program in place. fairly intensive training and a food security system that is much more robust than it used to be.

“A lot has changed, but when obviously you get a score like we did, everyone’s like ‘oh, that’s a dirty kitchen and there’s a problem’, but that’s part of it. the paperwork, probably 60-70% paperwork and administrative errors, and the rest is just being a little more diligent about getting rid of that food when you need to get rid of it. “

The report came despite the hotel – owned by Marston’s – having received dozens of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

One review read: “Excellent service and food. I have visited a few times recently for Sunday lunch and have been well served with good quality and well cooked food.

“The roast beef comes highly recommended, served with fresh vegetables and a meat sauce, I couldn’t ask for better.

“The brownie dessert is also delicious.”

Inspections are carried out by the local council according to the standards set by the Food Standards Agency.

Officers inspect three main categories – hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities, and construction and food safety management.

After inspecting a company, the board has 14 days to inform operators of the rating decision, reports DerbyshireLive.

The company then has 21 days to appeal this decision and it is only after that that an access to information request can be submitted, which can take up to 20 working days to be processed. provided.

The odds were correct as of Wednesday December 15th.

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