These are the stomach churning pictures taken inside a cockroach infested restaurant in Oldham.
The filthy conditions were discovered by food hygiene bosses during an inspection of Istanblue in Royton in November last year.
German cockroaches were found in a cutlery drawer, on salad, and in a dishwasher, and fridges, floors and walls were all covered in dirt.
Environmental health officers say adequate procedures were not in place to control pests and parts of the Mediterranean restaurant had not been kept clean or maintained in a good condition.
Owners Mavi Royton Ltd were this week fined £12,000 after a successful prosecution by Oldham Council.
On March 29, the company pleaded guilty to two food hygiene offences at Tameside Magistrates' Court and was sentenced to pay £6,000 per offence. Costs awarded were £1,425 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Coun Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said:
The premises was closed at the time of the inspection and reopened following a re-inspection by environmental health officers.
According to the Food Standards Agency, Istanblue was a awarded a good ‘four’ hygiene rating during it’s most recent inspection on January 27.
Customers on TripAdvisor also seem impressed with the restaurant, which is rated the top restaurant in Royton on the site.
User Ziad B from Stockport visited recently and said:
Matthew M reviewed a visit earlier this month and said:
- The Istanblue has been contacted for a comment.