Pub company Kelly Taverns fined over food hygiene

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A PUB company has been ordered to pay £22,149 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to six food hygiene offences.

Kelly Taverns, which has since sold The Fox and Hounds in Somerby Road, Knossington, where the offences were committed was handed the fine at Leicester Magistrates Court on Thursday last week. It admitted the charges at an earlier hearing.

The case was brought by Melton Borough Council after a diner found a fly in her food and then discovered there was no manager to complain to.

A visit from environmental health officers at the council found slimy meat, a large amount of long-standing grease on the kitchen ceiling and walls, a fridge containing rodent-gnawed boxes of food that couldn’t be closed properly due to ice build up and a stench of rotting food.

The company, which is based in Corby, sold The Fox and Hounds in February last year.

After the hearing, Kelly Taverns office manager Ian Phillips said: “The evidence spoke for itself, but lessons have been learned and we have increased training and staffing.”

He said the manager for the area concerned had since left the company.

The business has appointed a compliance manager to oversee food hygiene across all its premises.

Melton Borough Council senior environmental health officer Natalie Moore said: “We are pleased the seriousness of the offence has been recognised by the fine imposed.

“The number of food safety breaches was a serious risk to people’s health, particularly as the amount of food we seized meant there was not enough left for that evening’s menu.”

The Fox and Hounds’ new owner Kate Newell bought the pub in February last year before completing a nine-month refurbishment and re-opening it in November.

Scientific officer at Melton Borough Council David Green said: “The premises are now under the new ownership of Kate who had nothing to do with Kelly Taverns.

“She has made extensive improve-ments, ripping out the kitchen and starting again. It’s a different place and Mrs Newell maintains the premises to a high standard.”