Upscale Derbyshire hotel and restaurant awarded one star for food hygiene

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A historic Derbyshire hotel and restaurant, which enjoys several rave reviews on TripAdvisor, has made several changes after it was discovered by food hygiene inspectors to have moldy food in its kitchen.

The Blenheim House Hotel, located in Main Street, Etwall, was inspected on July 29 by officers from South Derbyshire District Council, who found cheese and meat past their expiration date in the fridge and moldy food in storage in containers.

As a result, it received a food hygiene rating of one star by inspectors, which means it needs to make major improvements.

The upscale restaurant, which also offers nine hotel rooms with en-suite bathrooms, also had mold on some equipment, grime in some kitchens, and a litter build-up in the backyard.

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.

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“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 the 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 public health risk .

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 board to believe he was not a registered food business operator, which led him to be incorrectly, but automatically penalized.

Mr Ellis says 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 saved the food business and why they didn’t improve it. [Mr Ellis did not know], because we made them aware of this.

“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 thinks, ‘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.”

Derbyshire Live regularly reports food hygiene scores in the county.

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.

The company then has 21 days to appeal this decision and only after that can we at Derbyshire Live submit a Freedom of Information request, which can take up to 20 days. working days to be provided.

The odds were correct as of Wednesday December 15th.

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