The Woolpack pub in Ipswich scores five in latest food hygiene inspection after previous zero rating

The Woolpack pub in Ipswich

The Woolpack pub in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

A pub in Ipswich has turned its food hygiene fortunes around in remarkable fashion from scoring zero to five in its latest inspection.

The Woolpack in Tuddenham Road, made a prompt series of changes when it scored the low rating following a Food Standards Agency inspection in December, for what landlady Marita Rodwell described as “lack of full paperwork and tracking routines.”

Since then, the pub has recruited a new experienced head chef, replaced three members of the kitchen staff, and put in place new processes to give them a clean bill of health last week.

Landlady Marita Rodwell said: “I’m really proud of everything my team and I have achieved here - it has been a steep learning curve and the inspectors picked us up on some paperwork deficiencies last time round. Now we’ve got everything in shape, and it’s top marks for us.”

The popular pub also recently celebrated a 100% score on its Cask Marque status which recognises the quality of its ales.

Now Ms Rodwell is keen to keep the pub as a focus for events in the community, including a weekly knitting group, The Wool Pack, a new reading group which starts on April 8 and monthly jazz performances. She added: “We are enormously proud of what we do and are hopeful of inclusion in next year’s Good Beer Guide.”