Punch punishes staff over hygiene exposé

29 August 2008 by
Punch punishes staff over hygiene exposé

Punch Taverns today confirmed that it has taken disciplinary action against individuals exposed in last night's Rogue Restaurants programme for allowing poor hygiene at three Spirit pubs in Westminster and Chelsea.

In the BBC1 programme, screened last night, undercover reporters working at the pubs discovered a mouse infestation problem in one pub; staff "recycling" food; and serving food that had been dropped on the floor.

In a statement, Punch said: "We are following up the content of the programme and have started to take disciplinary action against the individuals who have been shown to break our stringent health and safety guidelines.

"Based on the limited information disclosed to us prior to the programme being aired, we conducted a thorough internal investigation of the health and safety procedures in these pubs and have made a number of improvements both in terms of training and processes. Subsequent independent audits have shown that high standards have been achieved and maintained since this issue was brought to our attention.

"We would like to stress that these are isolated incidents that are not representative of our commitment to our customers and the high standards delivered by our pub teams."

Last week, Rogue Restaurants carried out an expose on Yates's in Reading, after which the chain's owner, Town and City Pub Company, announced that the manager and kitchen team had resigned.

Yates's staff resign after TV hygiene exposé >>
London restaurant in dispute with BBC over TV show >>
Restaurant closed by health inspectors while restaurant critic dines inside >>

James Martin named and shamed after food hygiene inspection >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas here.

The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking