Shocking pictures of zero-star rated Eastbourne restaurant emerge

Snail slime, raw meat contamination and lack of designated hand washing facilities were identified by environmental health inspectors at Food for Friends.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 2:40 pm
Food for Friends in Meads Street, Eastbourne. Picture: Google Maps
Food for Friends in Meads Street, Eastbourne. Picture: Google Maps

Following its inspection on May 20, the Food Standards Agency gave Food for Friends in Meads Street a zero-star rating out of five. Following an Freedom of Information request, the Eastbourne Herald have accessed the full report and pictures taken by the inspector. Since the initial investigation the restaurant has been reinspected on August 29 and its food hygiene rating has been increased to one star, with the Food Standards Agency stating it requires 'major improvement'. You can read the full report here.

There was only one sink in the kitchen being used for hand washing, food preparation and equipment washing.
Raw meat was stored above ready to eat foods. Blood from the meat had dripped all over the food below which then had to be disposed of due to actual cross contamination.
Dirty wiping cloths were used to clean down and mop up spillages.
The standard of cleaning to the structure of the kitchen including the work surfaces was generally poor.
Another picture showing the poor standard of cleaning
Another picture showing the poor standard of cleaning
Another picture showing the poor standard of cleaning
There were trails of snail slime over rubber-backed carpeted mats in use in the kitchen, both in the wash up area and the main cooking area.
The rear store area was not suitable for use as a food room as it was formed of internal doors pushed together to form a roof and walls and allowed rain and pests access.
The rear store area was not suitable for use as a food room, with the concrete step not sealed and there are plants/weeds growing in the cracks in the concrete and brickwork.