Hull Magistrate’s Court has imposed a fine of £7,125 on a filthy bar situated in Hull’s busy city centre. Lyrics, a popular karaoke pub, was investigated by council officials on two occasions. Both times they reported serious breaches in health and safety requirements. It was discovered that customers were regularly using the disabled toilets as a shortcut and leaving the door open, allowing the spreading of germs. The kitchens were riddled with fruit flies, while raw meat being offered as a raffle prize was stored next to the lemon slices added to customer’s drinks.
The inspection was triggered by a member of the public who was appalled by the lack of cleanliness in the drinks-only bar. The public and private areas of the premises were uniformly described as filthy; staff were not trained in using the glass cleaning machine; and light fittings were found to be in a state of disrepair, posing a risk to everyone from tripping or falling. Despite inspectors having flagged up concerns after visiting the bar in January, the owners had taken no steps to rectify anything. The company which owns Lyrics, Wonder Years Bar Ltd, was given a formal warning.
Risks to health from a filthy bar
If there are lapses in hygiene in premises offering food and drink for general consumption, there is the possibility of customers being made ill. A common area where this can occur is in a kitchen, as bacteria can be transmitted from unwashed hands to food. Although Lyrics only served drink to clients, there were still areas where this contamination could occur. Lemons being sliced and added to cocktails must be clean, and the utensils and chopping boards used to prepare them must be regularly washed.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown