A PUB in Cliddesden serving a combination of British classics and Thai cuisine has been handed a one-out-of-five food hygiene rating.

The Jolly Farmer in Cliddesden was told ‘major improvement necessary’ following an inspection on December 20.

Food safety officers rate food hygiene by handling of food, the cleanliness and condition of the building and facilities, and the officer's confidence in the establishment.

Basingstoke Gazette: The Jolly Farmer, Cliddesden

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The cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building, which includes its layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control, was found to be generally satisfactory.

However, the handling of food at the pub which includes preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling, and storage of food was considered to require improvement.

The inspection also found that major improvements were needed to ensure that checks are in place at the pub to ensure that the food sold or served is safe to eat, including improvements in staff’s knowledge of food safety.

The Jolly Farmer told the Gazette that the website crashed during the inspector's visit. 

A spokesperson said: "During the busy Christmas period our website crashed so we couldn't access our food hygenie records to provide to the inspector. 

"But we appealed against the decision already so waiting for their second inspection and get back our previous rating very soon."