The Boathouse Restaurant, in Sudbury, has been ordered to pay £2,900 by Ipswich Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to four charges under the Food Hygiene Regulations.
At a hearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday 6 March, magistrates heard that Babergh District Council Food Safety Officer Emma Richbell visited the Boathouse on 15 September 2017 following a complaint about hygiene standards. Following an inspection the premises and equipment were found to be dirty and in poor repair, with food at risk of contamination. A failure to implement a food safety management system was also revealed. Of particular concern was the failure to store potentially allergenic foods safely, such as flour and nuts, which could have caused a dangerous allergic reaction in a susceptible individual.
The Boathouse Restaurant Ltd was fined £2,200, and ordered to pay over £600 in costs as well as a £100 victim surcharge. The restaurant ceased trading in early 2018.
Cllr Christina Campbell, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is not the first time that our Food Safety Team found problems at the Boathouse: a year ago we issued a Simple Caution, but the director did not heed the warning and I’d like to thank our team for their hard work in bringing this lapse to court. We will not tolerate low standards that put the public at risk and we can and will prosecute businesses that fail to meet them.”