Fat Cats in Derby hit with one-star food hygiene rating

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The Fat Cat Bar and Kitchen in Derby has been hit with a one-star rating by the city council's food hygiene team.

The restaurant in Friar Gate in the city centre has four out of five stars on Google according to customer reviews, but July's food hygiene report tells a different story.

The Fat Cat Bar and Kitchen in Derby was hit with a one star rating after the city council food hygiene team visited the premises in July of this year. The restaurant in Friar Gate in the city centre has four out of five stars on Google according to customer reviews, but July's report told a different story. However, the report released to the Derby Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request, also said that the majority of these issues were address in a subsequent visit in August.

The Fat Cat Bar and Kitchen got a poor food hygiene review - but was reassessed just days later

The food hygiene rating is a five-star system, going from zero meaning "urgent improvement is necessary” to five meaning "very good".

Fats Cats, as many people know the venue, received a rating of one star in July, meaning “major improvement is necessary”.

The report, released to the Derby Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request, also said that the majority of problem issues were addressed in a subsequent visit in August. The details of this are yet to be released by Derby City Council.

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When the food hygiene inspector visited in July, they found out-of-date tubs of food in the walk-in refrigerator that had handwritten use-by dates on them.

This included salsa, Caesar dressing and coleslaw.

The investigator said in their report: “Products must not be used beyond their use-by date. Stock rotation procedures must be followed at all times.”

The Fat Cat Bar and Kitchen in Derby was hit with a one star rating after the city council food hygiene team visited the premises in July of this year. The restaurant in Friar Gate in the city centre has four out of five stars on Google according to customer reviews, but July's report told a different story. However, the report released to the Derby Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request, also said that the majority of these issues were address in a subsequent visit in August.

Out of date food and black mould was just the beginning of this restaurant's problems

In the cellar, “significant amounts of black mould” were found inside the ice machine which posed a risk of contaminating the ice made inside.

The staff were then told to clean and disinfect the ice maker.

In terms of general cleanliness, grease and debris were found on the floor. Food debris was uncovered in the base of the plate warmer and dirty utensils were found in a tray beneath the raw meat preparation surface.

The investigator also noticed a broken wall tile above the preparation surface and damaged wall paint adjacent to stacks of plates.

After inspection, businesses have 30 days to appeal against the rating. If they do, the council then processes this appeal - which can take a couple of weeks.

Once this process is complete, the rating will be released and a Freedom of Information request can be submitted.

Derby City Council then has 20 working days to respond to the request and provide the full report.

In this case, a further inspection took place in August.

Attempts were made to contact the manager Jack Nolan, but no official comment has been released as yet.