An unnamed member of staff at the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire, has been released without charge following allegations of bullying at the restaurant.
The 26-year-old, who is believed to be a chef, was arrested in June following claims that two chefs had been "tortured" in the kitchen at the renowned pub.
One chef alleged his trousers had been set alight with a blow torch and that he had been burnt with red-hot pans on his arms, stung on the back of the neck with nettles and been beaten with a rolling pin. He also said he had seen another chef being held up by his legs while his head was dipped into a vat of lukewarm broccoli and Stilton soup that was later served to guests.
But North Yorkshire Police told Caterer last week that their investigation had ended and no charges would be brought against the man.
"Detectives have concluded their investigations into allegations of assault at the Star Inn, Harome. The 26-year-old man who was arrested in connection with this inquiry has been released without charge," a spokesman said.
No one at the Star Inn was available for comment.
By Neil Gerrard
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