Maison Du Vin restaurant in Brighton fined after dead mice found

The Argus: Maison Du Vin restaurant in Brighton fined after dead mice found Maison Du Vin restaurant in Brighton fined after dead mice found

A French restaurant has been fined more than £4,500 after food hygiene inspectors discovered mice in the premises which “virtually had their own private corridor”.

Brighton and Hove City Council food safety inspectors visited Maison Du Vin in East Street, Brighton, on October 4 after receiving a complaint.

Officials discovered dead mice and rodent droppings at the venue and a case was brought against the restaurant’s owners, Larius Limited, based both in East Street and Ship Street, Brighton.


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At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday the firm admitted two counts of breaching health and safety rules.

Larius Limited was fined £1,500 for each offence, plus £1,496 costs and £120 victim surcharge.

A council spokeswoman said: “They [the inspectors] found two dead mice on traps in the basement and mice and rat droppings in the food preparation, storage and handling areas.

“Droppings were even found on the napkins in the restaurant store and extensive smear marks on the lower skirting boards where rodents had been.

“The establishment’s unwelcome visitors were able to gain easy access to all parts of the premises, from the basement right up to the customer dining area, due to poor maintenance of the property.

“The rodents virtually had their own private corridor as they used damaged waste pipes to travel around the building and drink from them. They were also getting in from holes in the walls that they had gnawed through and gaps under doors.”

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the city’s environment committee, said: “This is quite shocking. When you go out for a meal you expect establishments to be scrupulous about hygiene as a matter of course.

“Sadly that is not always the case and that’s why the council’s food safety service is there to protect customers and prosecute when necessary.”

The counts were one of failing to ensure the food premises were kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition; and another of failing to ensure there were adequate procedures in place to control pests. The restaurant has since voluntarily closed.

No one was available to comment at Larius.

Maison du Vin has no connection to Hotel du Vin.

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10:18am Sat 4 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Disgusting! I am so glad I have never eaten there - I walked past it once whilst I was looking for somewhere to eat but I am so glad I didn't go in! I sincerely hope it has been permantly closed down and it is not going to re-open with the same owners who obviously have no idea how to run a restaurant properly. They should be banned from ever running any place that provides food.
Disgusting! I am so glad I have never eaten there - I walked past it once whilst I was looking for somewhere to eat but I am so glad I didn't go in! I sincerely hope it has been permantly closed down and it is not going to re-open with the same owners who obviously have no idea how to run a restaurant properly. They should be banned from ever running any place that provides food. getThisCoalitionOut

10:29am Sat 4 Jan 14

Gardenboy says...

Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?
Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton? Gardenboy

12:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

downbythesea says...

Gardenboy wrote:
Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?
No! None whatsoever!
[quote][p][bold]Gardenboy[/bold] wrote: Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?[/p][/quote]No! None whatsoever! downbythesea

2:05pm Sat 4 Jan 14

McGinty says...

downbythesea wrote:
Gardenboy wrote:
Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?
No! None whatsoever!
Not true. Same company. The logo is the same too.
[quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gardenboy[/bold] wrote: Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?[/p][/quote]No! None whatsoever![/p][/quote]Not true. Same company. The logo is the same too. McGinty

5:06pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Tel Scoomer says...

A more accurate version of this story was on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday. The first paragraph of the Argus story is wrong to say the restaurant was fined £4,500. The fines totalled £3,000 with the balance made up of costs and a victim surcharge.
A more accurate version of this story was on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday. The first paragraph of the Argus story is wrong to say the restaurant was fined £4,500. The fines totalled £3,000 with the balance made up of costs and a victim surcharge. Tel Scoomer

5:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

I don't know much about French cuisine; but if I were to be served mouse along with the snails and frogs' legs, I would prefer it to be dead.
I don't know much about French cuisine; but if I were to be served mouse along with the snails and frogs' legs, I would prefer it to be dead. Sussex jim

9:22pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Golfer69 says...

Tel Scoomer wrote:
A more accurate version of this story was on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday. The first paragraph of the Argus story is wrong to say the restaurant was fined £4,500. The fines totalled £3,000 with the balance made up of costs and a victim surcharge.
your not trying to defend this dirty dive are you? i suppose you work there.
[quote][p][bold]Tel Scoomer[/bold] wrote: A more accurate version of this story was on the Brighton and Hove News website yesterday. The first paragraph of the Argus story is wrong to say the restaurant was fined £4,500. The fines totalled £3,000 with the balance made up of costs and a victim surcharge.[/p][/quote]your not trying to defend this dirty dive are you? i suppose you work there. Golfer69

9:25pm Sat 4 Jan 14

hey mongo says...

I woyldnt eat out in brighton...all shittos most places..
I woyldnt eat out in brighton...all shittos most places.. hey mongo

11:02am Sun 5 Jan 14

sweston says...

Ate here earlier in year. Both me and my other half were violently ill two hours later. Explains it now. We'd already had dreadful service, small portions (thankfully it seems!) and high prices. An hour on the toilet afterwards just topped off a vile evening. When we complained about the waiting time (the place was basically empty) there was no interest from the staff. One other table nearby complained about the tiny portions. Again, met with a shrug. Needs to close down now to my mind.
Ate here earlier in year. Both me and my other half were violently ill two hours later. Explains it now. We'd already had dreadful service, small portions (thankfully it seems!) and high prices. An hour on the toilet afterwards just topped off a vile evening. When we complained about the waiting time (the place was basically empty) there was no interest from the staff. One other table nearby complained about the tiny portions. Again, met with a shrug. Needs to close down now to my mind. sweston

11:25am Sun 5 Jan 14

Cave Johnson says...

McGinty wrote:
downbythesea wrote:
Gardenboy wrote:
Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?
No! None whatsoever!
Not true. Same company. The logo is the same too.
That is categorically not true. Hotel du Vin is owned by MWB Group Holdings and this restaurant is owned by Larius Ltd. Also the logos are completely different. Are you actually blind or something? In any case the hotel calls their restaurants Bistro du Vin. I can only surmise you are an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]McGinty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gardenboy[/bold] wrote: Is there a connection with the hotel du vin and bar du in in Brighton?[/p][/quote]No! None whatsoever![/p][/quote]Not true. Same company. The logo is the same too.[/p][/quote]That is categorically not true. Hotel du Vin is owned by MWB Group Holdings and this restaurant is owned by Larius Ltd. Also the logos are completely different. Are you actually blind or something? In any case the hotel calls their restaurants Bistro du Vin. I can only surmise you are an idiot. Cave Johnson

6:50pm Sun 5 Jan 14

MegA69 says...

Not surprised. Standards have really slipped there in the last few months. I suspect senior kitchen personnel have changed. I wont be going back until I hear the food and value has improved.
Not surprised. Standards have really slipped there in the last few months. I suspect senior kitchen personnel have changed. I wont be going back until I hear the food and value has improved. MegA69

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