A leading gastropub in London has announced it will close its kitchen for the day tomorrow to prevent staff from sweltering in the record temperatures.
The Draper’s Arms, a neighbourhood pub with a seasonal all-day menu in Islington, announced that chefs would be spared the heat with temperatures predicted to reach up to 38°C.
In a post on social media, the pub’s owner stated: “Closing the kitchen on Thursday as cannot reasonably ask staff to work in a 40°C environment. Drinks only, sorry.”
The Draper’s Arms serves a range of dishes, ranging from £16 for beetroot and tomato curry, jasmine rice and carrot pickle, to £60 for a fore-rib of beef, chips, watercress and aioli, shared between two to three people.
There is no law for minimum or maximum working temperatures in the UK, however government guidance suggests a minimum of 16°C or 13°C if employees are doing physical work.
In the past there have been calls for a legal maximum for workplace temperatures to be implemented in the hospitality sector, where kitchen temperatures have been known to reach higher than 50°C.
Employers in the UK are simply advised to stick to health and safety at work law by ensuring that temperatures are kept at a “comfortable” level and clean and fresh air is provided.