Pest controller called in to Spruce Goose

Andover Advertiser: Cockroach alert at popular venue Cockroach alert at popular venue

A PEST controller had to be called in after evidence of cockroaches was found at a town restaurant.

The Spruce Goose Beefeater Grill, in Worting Road, Basingstoke, was investigated by the borough council’s environmental health team after a member of the public reported seeing the insects.

The council said no cockroaches had made their way into the kitchen or food storage areas but there was evidence of the bugs elsewhere in the building. A pest controller was called in to tackle the problem.

Borough council environmental health manager Tom Payne said that the situation was being “closely monitored”.

He added: “Cockroaches are a pest in kitchen areas as they can carry food poisoning bugs. While there was evidence of cockroach activity, we are satisfied that there are no cockroaches in the kitchen or storage areas.

“The pub company has engaged a pest controller, who is treating the areas where they are known to be, and measures have been put in place to ensure that there is no risk to the health of people using the premises.”

On Friday, a spokesman for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants – the company that owns the Beefeater chain, as well as Premiere Inn Hotels, and Costa Coffee shops – said the restaurant has now been given the all-clear.

“The Spruce Goose prides itself on maintaining exemplary standards of health and safety, and treats any allegations which may affect guest satisfaction very seriously,” the company said in a statement.

“Environmental health has now carried out a thorough investigation throughout the premises. We are pleased to report we have been given the all-clear, and we remain open for business as usual.”

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11:37am Tue 29 Jan 13

jonone says...

So much for the Food Hygiene Ratings then (which has the Spruce Goose as a 4 - Good)
So much for the Food Hygiene Ratings then (which has the Spruce Goose as a 4 - Good) jonone

4:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Ding says...

Changing it's name to the 'Poached Roach'
Changing it's name to the 'Poached Roach' Ding

1:53pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Signs of activity but no report that any dead cockroaches were found - so at least the food did not kill them!
Signs of activity but no report that any dead cockroaches were found - so at least the food did not kill them! Sam_Walker123456

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