Former Hartlepool pub boss fined for filthy kitchen

Adrian Meggs
Adrian Meggs

A FORMER pub landlord has been fined after environmental officials discovered filthy conditions in his kitchen.

Adrian Meggs, who ran The Schooner, in Warrior Drive, Seaton Carew, until March this year, appeared before Hartlepool magistrates and admitted five food hygiene offences.

Meggs, 44, of Bilsdale Road, Seaton Carew, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,086.98 and a £15 victim surcharge.

Action was taken after environmental health officers from Hartlepool BoroughCouncil inspected the premises in March 2012 and discovered filthy conditions

Photographs of The Schooner’s kitchen submitted to the court showed blood staining on the refrigerator door, dirty, stagnant water underneath a work surface, and walls, floors and equipment that had not been cleaned.

Meggs admitted failing to put in place and implement an effective food safety management system, failing to keep the food premises clean and in good repair and condition, failing to provide materials for cleaning and drying hands at the wash hand basins, failing to keep articles, fittings and equipment with which food came into contact clean and disinfected and failing to protect food against contamination.

Council chiefs have now warned other establishments to ensure the safety of customers at all times or face the prospect of legal action.

Damien Wilson, the council’s assistant director for regeneration and planning, said: “This case is a reminder to all food businesses that we will accept nothing less than full compliance with the standards required by law, and residents can be assured of continuing high standards of food hygiene in the town.”

The Schooner now has a new landlord and an unannounced inspection recently found that the standard of cleanliness had improved significantly.

The premises now have a hygiene rating of four out of five stars.