Food safety officers give top rating to Limes Hotel just weeks after owner appears in court over health and hygiene breaches

The Limes Hotel in Needham Market

The Limes Hotel in Needham Market - Credit: Archant

A year and a half ago, a Suffolk hotel had the lowest possible food hygiene rating, with kitchen conditions so poor, a court was told the risk of harm to staff and customers was “very high”.

But staff at the Limes Hotel in Needham Market are now celebrating after receiving a “five” hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency.

Head chef Marc Rogers, who took on the role when the hotel had a zero rating, said: “It’s a really amazing feeling for me and the team.

“It might sound silly but it was an emotional day getting the rating.

“For the business it’s really good.

“When I took the kitchen over it was very dirty.”

Last month Richard Cattermole and Waterhand Limited, company his wife Judith owns, were ordered to pay more than £44,000 after a number of health and hygiene risks relating to a visit by food safety officers following a complaint from a neighbour on October 24, 2013.

Mr Rogers, who looks after a team of six staff, added since the zero rating Mr Cattermole had invested in an extraction system into the kitchen, and added implementing systems and keeping on top of cleaning turned the kitchen around.

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He added: “There were celebrations when we got the rating, we all had a pint. For the team it’s a big achievement.

“We want it to be one of the most sought after places to come and eat in Suffolk.”