Stars of Channel 4’s Googlebox, Dom and Steph Parker have hit the headlines after their high-end B&B was slapped with a one-star hygiene rating from the local council.
The couple, who are best known for their posh and comical quips on the hit series, found themselves in deep water following a routine inspection of their property The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent, by Dover District Council.
Photos have emerged that show an oven thick with grease, overflowing and blocked sinks, and rotten meat littering the kitchen at the £200-a-night property.
Other photos show the inside of an ice machine – which is used to prepare guests’ drinks – covered in slime and mould, unswept floors and a chaotic storeroom.
The pictures have emerged after the hotel’s restaurant, The Dining Room, was given a one-star hygiene rating by Dover District Council following a visit in May. The rating means that ‘major improvements’ are required.
The report found there were no documented food safety procedures in place. It also revealed that temperatures in all fridges were too high and staff had nowhere to wash their hands.
They concluded that the floor tiles were cracked and there was an ‘accumulation of food and debris’ under counters. In their report they said the ‘dirty’ units were ‘dilapidated with missing doors and broken drawers’.
Fridges and the ice machine were ‘not clean’ but covered in limescale and there was a ‘lack of disinfection facilities for work surfaces and equipment’.
The venue has been hit by a number of critical reviews in recent years and reports say that the hotel has gone downhill since Dom and Steph tried to sell the hotel in 2013 for £4.5m
A representative for Steph and Dom initially denied the photos were taken at The Salutation. They later admitted they were taken at the property but claimed they show the B&B’s cellar, where no food is prepared.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, spokesman Simon Clubley, of marketing agency The Wow Factory, said: “The pictures are from the cellar in The Salutation. No food is prepared in the cellar. It is like your shed. It is not your kitchen.”
He added: “During a recent inspection a few issues were raised. The chef responsible when the inspection was conducted, is no longer with the company.
“We take matters of hygiene extremely seriously and as a result new chefs have been employed and all corrections required have been completed.”