Pub given the hygiene boot

The Boot and Slipper pub in Barmby Moor.
The Boot and Slipper pub in Barmby Moor.

A popular village pub has received a ZERO rating from hygiene inspectors.

The Boot and Slipper pub in Barmby Moor has been told urgent improvement is needed following the recent inspection.

Inspectors gave it a food hygiene score of 0 out of 5. The owner of the pub, Andy Tennant, says the pub has dealt with or is in the process of tackling all the issues listed in the environmental health officer’s report.

It comes after Costa Coffee’s Pocklington branch on Market Place was also awarded a zero food hygiene rating recently.

During the visit to the Boot and Slipper, the environmental health officer will have checked how hygienically the food is handled, the condition of the structure of the buildings and how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future.

According to the Food Standards Agency website: “Those with ratings of ‘0’ are very likely to be performing poorly in all three elements. There may, for example, be a lack of sufficient cleaning and disinfection, and there may not be a good enough system of management in place to check and record what the business does to make sure the food is safe.”

The pub’s owner Mr Tennant said: “The Boot and Slipper pub takes its responsibilities in terms of environmental health very seriously. The primary food hygiene inspection took place on 8 March, with a follow up visit the next day. Since these two visits the pub has either attended to or is in the process of attending to all the matters listed.

“The cleaning schedule is now in the required format and ongoing progress has been made which was acknowledged on the second visit by the environmental health officer. The Boot and Slipper is a pub at the heart of the community and enjoys local support for the work that it does to promote community cohesion. We would want to assure our many customers in Barmby Moor and further a field of the high standards we have and the confidence that they can place in us when enjoying refreshments on our premises. We welcome a return visit from the environmental health officer and look forward to receiving a good rating, which we have enjoyed for many years.”

The Pocklington Post asked East Riding Council for the full report and it is likely to be released in the coming weeks, under Freedom of Information laws.

The council was unable to provide comment when approached by the Post.