Food hygiene breaches closes Digbeth Irish Centre

The Irish Centre had three visits from Birmingham City Council’s Environmental Health Officers within 15 months. They found rodent droppings in the bar and club including the kitchen, storerooms, glass wash area and in the bar area next to glasses.

At the end of September, the Irish Centre’s owners, Westbourne Leisure Limited, admitted nine food hygiene offences at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. They were fined £133,334 and ordered to pay costs of £6,500 and a £170 victim surcharge.

Posting on Twitter, the authority said: "Environmental health officers had to formally close the premises due to the risk the infestation posed to customers. On each occasion, advice was given on pest-proofing."

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