The Whipper-In Hotel in Oakham, soon to be The George Inn, given 1-star food hygiene rating amid multi-million pound refurbishment
A hotel which is undergoing a multi-million redevelopment has received a 1-star food hygiene rating.
The Whipper-In Hotel in Oakham was told ‘major improvement is necessary’ after a visit by a food hygiene inspector in December who gave the business a one-star rating.
While hygienic food handling and management of food safety were found to be generally satisfactory, cleanliness and condition of facilities were found to need major improvement, according to a report published earlier this month.
Ryck Turner, owner of The Whipper-In, said: “This rating came as a result of some minor issues related to the ongoing restoration work taking place at the venue.
“The remedial action required was minimal and completed within just a few days.
“I would like to assure people that we have extremely high standards, including when it comes to food handling, food safety and general hygiene.
“We are expecting a reinspection imminently, and are confident that this will result in a good or very good rating.”
The 17th Century hotel in Market Place is undergoing a £2 million refurbishment, and has been closed for the past two weeks ahead of reopening with new signage on Thursday (February 1).
The 18-bedroom hotel will be renamed The George Inn, a nod to its former name, The George Hotel, and Ryck’s admiration for its Stamford counterpart.
His vision includes creating a new restaurant to replace the current dining room, and doubling the size of the kitchen.
He also plans to convert the coach house at the back into a unit with bedrooms, a 15-seater private cinema, a gym and spa.