A popular Rottingdean pub’s kitchen was temporarily closed after an inspection found an insect infestation and other health risks.
The Plough Inn in Vicarage Road was given a one star food hygiene rating by Brighton and Hove City Council in September.
The full inspection report, released this week after Brighton and Hove News submitted a freedom of information request, shows why.
Inspectors found the kitchen had a fruit fly infestation, as well as raw and cooked food stored together and a “generally dirty” kitchen.
The inspection report, dated 13 September, described how the kitchen needed to be closed immediately to deal with a pest infestation and to deep clean the entire kitchen area.
The report said: “There is a fruit fly infestation in your kitchen. In the first instance all opened food packets/bags should be disposed of as they were heavily contaminated.
“You must clean your kitchen. Replace the bulb in the electric fly killer and hang in a suitable area.
“Generally your kitchen structure and equipment are in a dirty condition.
“You must clean the whole of the premises and external/internal surfaces of equipment.”
The report also mentioned that evidence of staff training on food hygiene and allergen awareness was missing, and instructed the pub to train its staff in these procedures within three weeks of the inspection.
The pub – part of the Golden Lion group which also includes Libation in Hove and The Cricketers in Brighton – dates back to the 1840s, and with some of the original flint walls still intact.
A spokesperson for Golden Lion Group said: “We apologise, the company we use to manage our kitchen at the Plough Inn failed to maintain our usual high standards.
“The individuals involved have been replaced. Recruitment in catering has been very challenging in recent times and unfortunately we weren’t quick enough to identify a couple of poor performers.
“We reacted immediately and worked alongside the food safety team. We’ve also improved our internal management controls.
“We are expecting a revisit imminently and are confident of a significantly improved rating.”