Two food businesses given zero stars by inspectors

Zero: Gourmet in Church Street, Preston
Zero: Gourmet in Church Street, Preston
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Two Preston businesses have been landed the worst possible rating by council inspectors.

Stonka Mini Mart in New Hall Lane, Preston, and Gourmet in Church Street, Preston, failed the hygiene test set by the Food Standards Agency.

It means of all the hundreds of restaurants, takeaways, cafes, hotels, pubs and food shops in Preston, there’s now six places have scored zero stars for hygiene.

We told earlier this year that standards at the Noodle Bar in Friargate, Barneys Piano Bar in Church Street, Meat 4-U in New Hall Lane and Spar in Holme Slack Lane were given the zero rating when inspected by environmental health officers from Preston Council.

As reported in the Evening Post last week The Stonka mini market on New Hall Lane, Preston, was shut for three days under an emergency hygiene control order after council officials found a mice infestation there on June 11.

Preston Council applied to magistrates for an emergency prohibition notice.

But the establishment hired a pest control company to remove the mice problem in the meantime.

They store was allowed to re-open on June 13.

And last month we reported that Gourmet in Church Street, Preston, was closed down after environmental health officers were called in after receiving a complaint about cockroaches.

The premises were closed on Friday, May 30, due to, among other issues, a problem with the gas supply identified by the National Grid.

Stonka was given the zero rating on June 11 and Gourmet on May 30.

The Lancashire Evening Post was told Gourmet was now under new ownership, and was set to become part of the Roosters Chicken and Pizza franchise when it reopens in about a month.

A spokesman said: “We weren’t in charge when it was given zero stars – we took over about a week ago.

“We’ve got other franchises throughout the North West and we are experienced in this field. I’m 110 per cent sure it won’t be a zero rating next time. We’ve liaised with the council to rectify everything, and it’s all being done up to the standard it should be.

“We’ve got about 30 years’ experience so we must be doing something right.”

The Stonka Mini Mart was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Evening Post.