A restaurant owned and run by the former star of Channel 5’s TV programme The Hotel Inspector has reportedly received a very low rating from food hygiene officers following a recent inspection.
The kitchen of the Crown and Castle Hotel in Orford, Suffolk, owned by TV personality and hospitality industry expert Ruth Watson and her husband, was inspected by officers from Suffolk Coastal District Council at the end of November 2012. It was awarded a 1 star rating (out of a possible 5), which means that standards are unsatisfactory and improvements must be made.
Although the exact reasons why the kitchen performed so poorly in the recent inspection have not been revealed, inspectors are understood to have objected to the way certain dishes were cooked rather than food hygiene training standards or cleanliness levels.
Ruth Watson has decided to take legal action against the council’s low score, which is a considerable change from the 5 out of 5 rating the 3-star hotel previously held. Explaining that she has brought in another food safety expert to validate her views, Ms Watson said:
“He has carried out his own assessment of the EHO’s report and firmly believes that it neither follows, nor accurately reflects, Food Standard Agency guidelines,”