Zero-rated Laundry restaurant tells Hull diners: 'inspect our kitchen'
DINERS at a popular west Hull restaurant given a zero rating by food safety officers are welcome to inspect the kitchen any time they choose, says the management.
Hull City Council's environmental health officers inspected The Laundry, in Princes Avenue, in November last year.
Officers visited the premises as part of the Food Standards Agency's national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which has replaced the Scores on the Doors scheme.
A council spokeswoman refused a request by the Mail for information about specific flaws discovered by its officers.
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However, in a statement, Sarah Silk, the restaurant's manager, insisted its rating was not due to poor hygiene practices.
Instead, a food hygiene manual had not been obtained, she said.
Ms Silk said: "The hygiene of the premises was not an issue.
"We have appointed a nationally renowned head chef to proceed with the officers' guidelines and procedures.
"We are currently awaiting the reassessment of the premises and in the interim period we have had several visits from the officers and are happy with the standard.
"We offer anyone the opportunity to inspect our kitchen at any time."
The Laundry, which opened 18 months ago, is one of the most recent additions to the street, which has thriving bars and restaurants.
According to its website, it prides itself on its "hearty British dishes".
The website says: "We're not only passionate about food. For us, it's about the whole experience, so not only will your plate of food be fantastic, we've also done our best to make sure that your dining environment is warm, welcoming, comfortable and beautiful."
Hull City Council was one of the pioneers of food hygiene scoring schemes when it devised Scores on the Doors.
Such was the success of the scheme among businesses and customers that the Food Standards Agency introduced a nationwide rating scheme.
Hull City Council adopted this rating scheme in January last year.