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Star Inn given clean bill of health by food hygiene inspectors

PUBLISHED: 15:56 31 March 2017

Steve King (and staff) at The Star Inn, Tickenham.

Steve King (and staff) at The Star Inn, Tickenham.

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A Tickenham pub’s significant improvements in food hygiene have seen it be praised by inspectors.

A report, which was made public last month, showed The Star Inn had been rated zero stars since November because of mouldy food being found in the fridge.

But since Steve King took over in February, from Douglas Bonar, great strides have been taken and it now meets necessary regulations.

The premises was given a four-star rating and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will update its online directory in the coming weeks.

Mr King heaped praise on his staff for turning the place around in a short space of time and is ‘very happy’ to see the improvements recognised.

He said: “It’s the girls in the kitchen who have done all the hard work.”

Extra staff training and cleaning procedures have been put in place to ensure problems during the previous regime are not repeated in future.

North Somerset Council’s food safety team saw ‘rancid’ food ‘not suitable for human consumption in fridges back in early-November.

However, following the re-inspection, The Star Inn was informed of its new rating last week.

A council spokesman said: “The business has been audited and rated and given a hygiene rating of four.

“Improvements have been made, everything is in order and everything has been done to make sure all the data is up to date.

“The delay in it appearing on the FSA website is the appeal period offered if it wants to object to the rating. It has to be given 21 days to do so.

“The pub was notified of its rating on March 21 but it will not be published for at least 21 days. This is standard procedure.”

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