INSPECTORS have handed a pub a hygiene rating of zero after finding steaks almost a month out of date and undercooked meat in the fridge.
The kitchen and cellar of the Shoulder of Mutton, in Main Street, Barton under Needwood, were inspected by health officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council on January 15, as part of the authority’s Rate My Place scheme.
Managers were told that urgent improvements needed to be made.
The inspection report stated: “I found numerous steaks which were past their use-by dates, including some T-bone steaks with a use-by of December 20, 2013. The packaging of the steaks felt slimy to touch and there was a smell of decaying meat.”
The long list of health and safety risks included cross-contamination between cooked and uncooked meats in the fridge, the wrong chopping board being used for raw meat, no designated hand-washing sink in the kitchen and raw fish in the bottom of a fridge that smelled ‘off.’
Other issues included a greasy floor, black mould on the wall in the keg area of the cellar and dirty foil on top of the cooker.
The management of the pub – described on its website as a traditional pub and kitchen which also offers accommodation – were given a month to make improvements to staff training.
The inspector told the manager: “Given the matters raised throughout the inspection, it was evident that the level of understanding of food hygiene and safety matters by kitchen staff was poor.
“You must make sure that staff are adequately trained in relation to their work activities. This training should cover all aspects of food preparation and handling.”
Barry Edwards, who has been managing the pub on a temporary tenancy for two months, told the Mail he had put an appeal in against the rating.
He said: “Most of the improvements are now done so we have appealed and asked them to come back within the next few weeks, which they have agreed to.
“Everything has now been addressed.”
The Rate My Place scheme works on a scale of zero to five, with five being the highest hygiene score.