A VILLAGE pub has made tough changes to its premises after it received a damning hygiene report.
However, The Swan Pub, at Fradley Junction, Alrewas, made many of the alterations within two weeks after its first inspection when it was given just one star out of a possible five during a Rate my Place inspection made by Lichfield District Council.
It was first visited on August 6 where the inspector noted ‘a lapse in control and operation of the procedures’. It was noted that a new chef was beginning to implement changes in these areas but unfortunately this was not happening quickly enough.
The inspector said the chef had implemented date labeling protocol but this had not been adequately communicated to all staff.
There were numerous items of equipment requiring maintenance, including the structure of the building and detailed cleaning was required as ‘there was insufficient control of flying insects within the outside store predominantly housing freezers.’
The inspector said: “While I appreciate that it is not possible to keep such rural areas completely free of flying insects, in this case no preventative measures had been undertaken to reduce the impact of flying insects.”
Several chest freezers within the outside store had damaged or partially missing door seals. This had resulted in considerable ice accumulation within the freezers. One freezer (the one with the most damaged door seal) was set permanently to fast freeze in order to maintain adequate temperatures within the unit.
The premises was inspected again on August 22 after it was told to shape up.
It has now installed an electronic insect control unit, cleaned the bin outside the store each time it is emptied, clean any food spillages and the disuse animal pen.
The pub has also replaced its damaged freezers, while also carrying out deep cleaning in areas such as fryers and cooker, wash hand basin and taps, inside the meat fridge as well as the utensil storage areas.