West London ‘dirty’ restaurant kept ‘food wrappers in a trash can and under a fly killer full of insects’

A “dirty” Thai restaurant and takeout in Shepherd’s Bush where “there was mouse droppings in the basement” received the worst possible food hygiene rating.

Thai Rice Restaurant on 238 Blythe Road received this rating after an inspection by the Food Standards Agency March 15, 2021.

The restaurant has been criticized for not keeping records and having “unsuitable” or expired food on the premises.

In the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, there are only four restaurants that currently have the lowest possible hygiene rating of zero at the time of writing, meaning urgent improvement is needed.

Details of the food hygiene report were made available to MyLondon following an access to information (FOI) request to Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

In the report, the inspector lists a series of problems that led to the lower food hygiene rating. These included:

  • Pad Thai sauces are stored at the wrong temperature
  • Mouse droppings in the basement
  • Food packaging stored above a dirty trash can and under an electronic fly killer full of insects
  • The same cleaning garment used for dirty and clean areas

There was also a case where a ready-to-eat salad was left in a sink next to raw, thawed chicken.

Contacted by MyLondon Sakda, the owner of Thai Rice Blythe Road, said they had implemented changes since the damning inspection.

He said: “When the last hygiene inspection was carried out we were during lockdown and not really functioning as usual as well as a staff shortage.

“The inspector’s visit was also during our renovation of the entire kitchen.

“So I couldn’t meet all the requirements and regulations at that time. But after that, we have now completed all the special points to achieve food safety hygiene and comply with the required regulations. We are waiting for the food hygiene re-visit to be made. Hopefully they will come back soon to redo the note.

Thai Rice has six other restaurants across London, including Maida Vale, Portobello Road and Newark.

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