Surrey tea room people say is ‘sublime’ given second-worst food hygiene rating

A tea room in Abinger has insisted they are safe for customers after it received a one out of five food hygiene rating. Abinger Tea Rooms, located on Guildford Road in the village of Abinger Hammer, was found to need major improvements when it comes to the management of food safety following an inspection of their tea room, which has a shop attached to it, on April 13.

The report, undertaken by Mole Valley District Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing team, found a number of issues with the organisation of food in preparation areas, including raw meat being stored on top of cooked food like sandwich fillings. They also found vegetables stored on the shop floor close to open doors meaning it was at risk from pests.

They also said there was no proof the store was trying to prevent the entry of pets to their premises and asked for more precautions to take place in the future. It also mentioned the store had previously been asked to carry out a Food Safety Management Procedure, however, there was no proof this had been carried out.

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It states: “At the time of the visit, raw food, i.e. bacon was stored above/next to open cooked/ready to eat foods, i.e. sandwich fillings and salads in the refrigerator. Any raw foods that may drip or fall into items below can result in cross-contamination that could lead to food poisoning.

“At the time of the visit fruit and vegetables were being stored on the floor in the shop area close to open doors. Open food must not be placed on the floor in an area where it may become contaminated or be a risk from pests. At the time of the inspection no proofing to prevent the entry of pests was in use, suitable precautions should be implemented to prevent food pests from being able to gain entry.”

However, the tea room was found to be ‘generally satisfactory’ when it came to the areas of hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and building. It is also a firm favourite with residents with a five-star rating on its Tripadvisor page. A recent review from May this year called their tea “sublime”.

Reacting to the report, Annie Williams, owner of the tea room and shop, said she found the inspection report unfair. She was adamant her tea room was safe for customers and said most of the issues the inspectors found were administrative.

She said: “From my angle, it’s very unfair. It’s unfair I should be given one when the place is perfectly and adequately safe. It’s just because we don’t do the paperwork that’s required. I just don’t have the time to write every single thing down and that’s what they want – it doesn’t seem to make a difference if you have common sense or not.

“You’ve cooked sausages for the last 50 to 60 years and everything’s fine but suddenly you have to write down that you’ve tested each piece of meat. I appreciate they’re doing their job but the whole point is that there doesn’t seem to be any leeway for people who may be frantically busy trying to run a shop on their own.”

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