Hotel du Vin Birmingham fined £120k for mice infestation

Hotel du Vin in Birmingham has been fined £120k after an infestation of mice was uncovered in its kitchen.

The boutique hotel in Church Street pleaded guilty to two charges under the Food Safety and Hygiene Act, when a diner spotted a mouse in the restaurant in September 2016 and a visit from an environmental health officer found numerous evidence of droppings in the kitchen and bar areas.

The officers looked into the company’s hygiene checklists and also found that cleanliness checks had been signed off by the sous chef and head chef, despite parts of the kitchen clearly being unclean.

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Documents also revealed food and debris had been discovered in February 2015 but no action had been taken until June 2015.

The court heard there was also a failure by Hotel du Vin to keep the premises in good repair including a flyscreen which was partially damaged, ceiling tiles which were damaged and others displaced and gaps between walls.

District Judge Jan Jellema fined Hotel Du Vin £120k and ordered the company to pay court costs of £12,216, plus a surcharge of £170.

The property was charged for failing to ensure one charge related to a failure to ensure the food premises were clean in relation to mice droppings and the other to a failure to keep equipment clean on the premises.

Hotel Du Vin later issued a statement after the court case. It said: “The Hotel Du Vin Group acknowledges the court’s findings. The safety of our guests and staff is our number 1 priority and we take any breach of health and safety standards extremely seriously.

“We immediately rectified the issue that caused the temporary breach in September 2016 and all staff at this hotel have undergone rigorous retraining.

“We would like to reassure visitors to our hotel in Birmingham of our total commitment to maintaining best in class standards.”

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