Britannia Hotels has copped a fine of £265,000 for food safety breaches in the kitchen and catering areas of The Adelphi in Liverpool.
The operator of the iconic Merseyside hotel pleaded guilty to seven breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations last week.
Liverpool City Council health officials carried out three food hygiene inspections between September 2015 and September 2016, uncovering a string of breaches along the way.
During the first visit, live cockroaches were found underneath a hot cabinet / servery area and floor surfaces underneath equipment were covered with food debris and grease, which provided a food source for pests.
Later inspections found mice and rat droppings in the main kitchen, first floor food storage rooms and the cutlery room, while EHOs observed live cockroaches and cockroach eggs. On one occasion cockroaches were found in the location of a dishwasher.
Councillor Steve Munby called The Adelphi an “embarrassment to the city” and accused the owners of allowing a once great establishment to “go to wrack and ruin”.
“The way the Adelphi is run at the moment would make Fawlty Towers look like a 5 star hotel,” he was quoted as saying. “It is without a doubt a shocking example of a prominent Liverpool business continually breaching food safety standards which put the health of their guests at risk.”
The Adelphi Hotel currently holds a ‘2’ rating following the most recent council inspection, which took place in March 2017.