Surbiton Restaurant forced to clean up its act

Environmental Health Officers from Kingston Council have forced Sarada Restaurant in Surbiton to close after finding poor hygiene standards and practices.

Officers first visited the restaurant on 14 March following a complaint from a member of the public who allegedly found a cockroach in their poppadoms.

When inspecting the premises, there was evidence of an extensive and active cockroach infestation which was resulting in food contamination. The pest proofing in the restaurant's kitchen was also poor and the cleaning and build-up of grease was providing a food source for the cockroaches.

The restaurant owner was served with an Emergency Hygiene Prohibition Notice forcing the business to close. Following an appearance at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, the Magistrates confirmed the action of the Environmental Health Officers and issued an Emergency Prohibition Order. The order required the restaurant to remain closed until the owners can demonstrate to the council that a suitable cleaning regime and pest control system is in place.

Environmental Health Officers carry out regular checks on all food premises in the borough to ensure high standards are maintained. Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt is made to resolve the situation by informal means. If poor conditions persist, or where there is a risk to public health, it may be necessary to take formal action such as a legal notice, closure of the business or prosecution.

Hygiene ratings for businesses in the borough can be found on the Food Standard Agency’s website