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Pub chain fined for ‘dirty kitchen’ and ‘out of date food’

A pub and restaurant chain has been fined £152,000 for “hygiene failures” at the Tredegar Arms in Newport.

Environmental health officers from Newport City Council inspected the pub on Caerphilly Road following a complaint from a member of the public. They found “a number of food hygiene failings” across two visits.

Since the visits in July 2017, the pub took “immediate action” and now has a food hygiene rating of four.

Tredegar Arms

Greene King Retailing Limited pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates’ Court to seven charges of failing to keep food premises and equipment clean, and where necessary disinfected, and failure to implement and maintain food safety procedures.

Officers from environmental health were extremely concerned to find a pub operated by such a large company in such a condition and it was appropriate for the council to take the company to court in order to reinforce the message that food hygiene must be taken seriously.

The issues found at the pub had the potential to make customers seriously ill. I am grateful to the member of the public who contacted the council with their concerns and for the hard work of officers in bringing this case to court.

– COUNCILLOR RAY TRUMAN, NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL

Dirty floors at Tredegar Arms

Since the inspections in July 2017, the Tredegar Arms took “immediate action” and now has a four star food hygiene rating.

A spokesperson for the pub said the initial findings were “during a period of just a few days” at a time when management was changing.

The rating for which this fine relates to was 18 months ago. It occurred during a period of just a few days during a management change-over. Up until this point the pub held the best possible food hygiene rating.

We took immediate action at the time to rectify the situation and re-instate our usual high standards The pub has since had a number of inspections and we are pleased to say it has held a four star rating (good) for over a year.

– SPOKESPERSON, TREDEGAR ARMS

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