Mr Andrew Standen and his company Standen Leisure Holdings Limited, were fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay £11,095 in costs after pleading guilty to a total of twelve offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. These offences took place between 29 June 2018 and 7 January 2019.

Health Protection Officers from Chichester District Council first visited the White Horse pub on 25 May 2018 in response to a reported sighting of rats at the premises. In the following months, further visits were made toensure that the standards of hygiene at the premises improved, but after eight visits, the standards were still not acceptable.

Mr Standen's company, Standen Leisure Holdings Ltd's failure to comply with three Food Hygiene Improvement Notices resulted in Chichester District Council deciding to take the White Horse Public House and Mr Standen to court.

Cllr Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services said: "This case sends a strong message to all food operators that we will take legal action if food safety standards are found to be unacceptable.

"Food safety is really important to us. We offer support to help businesses make improvements but when there are serious risks to health, it is in the interest of residents and other businesses that we take legal action

"Our Health Protection team work hard to monitor and improve food safety across the Chichester District. In the last year, the team has visited 800 of the district's 1,500 food businesses to assess food hygiene standards.

"The vast majority of food businesses in the Chichester District operate to a very high standard and have a top food hygiene rating of five. Customers are encouraged to check a business's hygiene rating by visiting ratings.food.gov.uk."

Mr Standen or his company Standen Leisure Holdings Ltd are no longer involved in the White Horse Public House in Rogate.

Reference: 3960

Date posted: 26 February 2020