Maggots and mouse faeces off the menu in Camden

Eating out in Camden is now a safer experience following a council crackdown on food premises that posed a severe risk to public health.

Four premises had enforcement action for problems including mice and cockroach infestations.

Tamarai and Sitaary nightclubs and restaurants on Drury Lane, King’s Kebab on Kingsway, and Chutneys restaurant on Drummond St were all closed following food hygiene visits.

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An extensive mice infestation was found in the kitchen and food storage areas at Tamarai nightclub and restaurant at 167 Drury Lane in Covent Garden.

Food premises above Tamarai nightclub called Sitaary, owned by the same company as Tamarai were also found to have an active mice infestation, with evidence of rodent faeces on food storage equipment and preparation surfaces.

In both cases a Hygiene Prohibition Order was obtained from Highbury and Islington Magistrates Court last that resulted in costs totalling £4,000 being enforced.

Both Tamarai and Sitaary were allowed to re-open earlier this month following work being carried out by the owners and a re-inspection by the Council.

Kings Kebab at 115 Kingsway in High Holborn, meanwhile, was closed after inspectors uncovered a widespread and severe cockroach, mice and maggot infestation.

The premises were found to be in a poor state of repair, with inadequate drainage facilities. Cockroaches were discovered throughout the premises, and mice droppings found in direct contact with food preparation surfaces and equipment. Maggots were also encrusted round the rim of disused oil containers.

An inspection earlier this month at Chutneys restaurant in the Euston area found a widespread mice infestation in the kitchen and food storage areas. Mice faeces were found on the lids of food containers and cooking trays, the standard of cleaning was poor and structural works were found to be needed to control the infestation.

Chutneys recently re-opened after the owners carried out extensive works.

Councillor Abdul Hai, Camden Council cabinet member for community safety, said: “We know how popular Camden is as a destination for nightlife and entertainment and we will make sure that eating and drinking in Camden continues to be an enjoyable and safe experience by working proactively with our food business to help them get it right for their customers.”

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