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Coleshill Pub fined after pleading guilty to a string of Food Hygiene offences

Published on Wednesday, 5th February 2020

The Norton

Westbourne Leisure Ltd owners of The Norton Public House, Station Road, Coleshill, have been fined £136,000 after inspections uncovered a string of hygiene offences.

North Warwickshire Borough Council Environmental Health Officers visited the premises 2nd and 11th July 2019 and found the premises operating with no hot water, no effective food safety management system, food being stored in an area which wasn’t effectively pest proofed, along with a filthy kitchen and filthy equipment.

Karen Stevens, Operations Manager of the Norton which is owned by Westbourne Leisure Ltd pleaded guilty yesterday (4/2/2020) to 11 food hygiene offences.

The offences fell into 3 categories:Mouldy fridge

  • State of the kitchen, lack of control over cleanliness and a failure to comply with even the basic domestic standard of hygiene let alone a commercial standard
  • The structure of the building which was not pest proofed
  • Lack of hot water

Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard from both Counsel for the Prosecution and Counsel for Westbourne Leisure Ltd and imposed the following sentence:

  • Total fine for 11 offences £136,000.00
  • Investigation and legal costs £5,644.30
  • Victim Surcharge £181.00
  • Total: £141.825.30

The Court gave 10% credit for the Company pleading guilty without the need for a trial and acknowledged that Westbourne Leisure Ltd had a previous conviction for serious food hygiene offences last year at the Irish Centre in Birmingham. 

Cllr Margaret Bell, Chair of the Community and Environment Board said; “North Warwickshire Borough Council is committed to ensuring that all food premises within our Borough are safe places for food to be prepared and served. This case shows the advantages of having a good food inspection regime in place and I would like to commend our officers and legal team in bringing this case to a successful conclusion."

North Warwickshire Borough Council environmental health officers carry out regular inspections of food premises in the borough to advise food business owners and ensure they meet all food safety and hygiene requirements.