London Shuffle Club fined £10,000 after mouse droppings found in kitchen

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A popular bar which was found to have a dirty kitchen with mouse droppings has been fined £10,000 following a successful prosecution by Tower Hamlets Council.

Council officers carried out an unannounced inspection at London Shuffle Club, Shoreditch, following concerns.

The Environmental Health Officers found the cleanliness of the kitchens and bar areas to be substandard, with dirty floors, mouse droppings, open containers of flour and poor control of pests during the inspection in November 2021.

The premises were closed for six days until the officers were satisfied they had been sufficiently cleaned and the mice issue was under control.

The owners of the club were taken to court by the council on five charges relating to the inspection. They pled guilty and were fined £10,000 at Thames Magistrates Court on 21 February.

In mitigation, the court heard that there was not a serious mice infestation at the premises, there was low risk to consumers, and it had a previous good record of food hygiene.

Kabir Hussain, Cabinet Member for the Environment and the Climate Emergency, said:

“We have a thriving night-time economy in Tower Hamlets and people can be reassured that we will always take action against premises which fall below our high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

“We are pleased that appropriate action has been taken at this venue to enable it to reopen.”

Posted on Wednesday 29th March 2023