A Leyton restaurant has been closed by council Food Safety Officers who found mice, cockroaches and rats scurrying around the premises right next to food being prepared for customers.
Ruby’s Grill, 676 - 682 High Road, Leyton E10 6JP, was visited in early January and when the inspectors from Waltham Forest Council looked in the kitchens they were dismayed to find rat droppings, rancid grease dripping from pipes and even cockroaches making a happy home in box of protective chef’s headgear.
Officers even had to serve a special health and safety prohibition order preventing people from walking across an upstairs floor as rats had gnawed beams so extensively that it may have caused a ceiling collapse. Because of this, officers also made checks on surrounding businesses to ensure they were not impacted by the problems.
On Wednesday 9 January Thames Magistrates’ Court confirmed the closure order and awarded the council costs of £1021.00.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Our officers have started the year as they mean to go on: Keeping consumers safe from those who choose to flout their responsibilities when operating a food business.
“If you run a restaurant, takeaway, or food store, you need to keep your premises clean and pest-free, and you must store food safely. After all, your reputation and your livelihood depend on it. If you don’t meet your obligations we will take steps to shut you down and name you publicly so that diners can make an informed decision about where to spend their money.
“We’re determined to keep Waltham Forest clean, green and safe for everyone to enjoy.”
When a food business is closed, its owners must make significant improvements to remove any imminent risk to public health before they can reopen. They cannot reopen until inspectors are satisfied they have made these changes.
If you’re eating out, or even staying in with a takeaway, you can check the food hygiene rating of any establishment using the Food Standard Agency’s online rating tool before you eat.