Pictures have emerged of the inside of a dirty pub kitchen that led to its owners being hit with a staggering £136,000 fine.
Westbourne Leisure Ltd, owners of The Norton Public House in Coleshill, were ordered to pay the amount last week after inspections uncovered multiple hygiene offences.
Pictures released following the verdict show equipment caked in grime and mould growing on surfaces. One image suggests the pub had been using a domestic refrigerator rather than commercial-grade one.
Environmental health officers from North Warwickshire Borough Council visited the premises on two occasions in July last year and found the premises operating with no hot water, no effective food safety management system and food being stored in an area which wasn’t effectively pest proofed.
They also branded the overall kitchen and catering equipment “filthy”.
Karen Stevens, operations manager of the Norton, pleaded guilty to 11 food hygiene offences.
The offences fell into three categories: the structure of the building which was not pest proofed; lack of hot water; and state of the kitchen, lack of control over cleanliness and a failure to comply with even the basic domestic standard of hygiene let alone a commercial standard
Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard from both Counsel for the Prosecution and Counsel for Westbourne Leisure Ltd and imposed a fine of £136,000.
With the investigation and legal costs on top, the total bill came to almost £142,000.
The court gave 10% credit for the Company pleading guilty without the need for a trial and acknowledged that Westbourne Leisure had a previous conviction for serious food hygiene offences last year at the Irish Centre in Birmingham.
Cllr Margaret Bell, chair of the community and environment board, said: “North Warwickshire Borough Council is committed to ensuring that all food premises within our borough are safe places for food to be prepared and served. This case shows the advantages of having a good food inspection regime in place and I would like to commend our officers and legal team in bringing this case to a successful conclusion.”