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Restaurant shut due to 'filthy' food hygiene

The inside of Gurkha Villa's microwave Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

An Aldershot restaurant was forced to close after environmental health officers found it was a 'risk to public heath'.

After an unannounced inspection at Gurkha Villa in Station Road officials discovered 'chaotic' hygiene procedures.

There was food and grease accumulated in its 'filthy' kitchen, around and under equipment, which hadn't been cleaned for months.

Dirt under kitchen units Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

These are some of the worst conditions I have seen in a long time. Frankly, I think the photographs taken speak for themselves.

– Julie Burke, Environmental Health Officer, Rushmoor Borough Council

Director, Ananda Dewan, who looked after the day to day running of the Nepalese restaurant on behalf of Gurkha Villa Limited agreed to immediately close the business.

He was formally cautioned and, after nine days of improvements, officials allowed the business to reopen.

The fridge had food debris and grease Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

I would encourage every resident to check the Food Standards Agency food hygiene rating scheme website which displays food ratings for every business. Personally, I would only eat at businesses with a 4 or 5 rating.

– Councillor Ken Muschamp, Cabinet Member for Safety and Regulation


The top 16 restaurants from the South East

Below are South East restaurants that appear in The Sunday Times Food List:

  • Artichoke- Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
  • Chapter One- Locksbottom, Kent.
  • Drake's- Ripley, Surrey.
  • Gingerman- Brighton, East Sussex.
  • Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons- Great Milton, Oxfordshire.
  • L'Ortolan- Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Read's- Faversham, Kent.
  • The Bingham- Richmond, Surrey.
  • The Fat Duck- Bray, Berkshire.
  • The French Horn- Sonning on Thames, Berkshire.
  • The Latymer- Pennyhill, Surrey.
  • The Pass- Horsham, West Sussex.
  • The Sportsman- Whitstable, Kent.
  • The Vanilla Pod- Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
  • The Waterside Inn- Bray, Berkshire.
  • Wheelers- Whitstable, Kent.

16 of 100 top restaurants in Britain are in the South East

Heston Blumenthal outside his restaurant, The Fat Duck in Berkshire Credit: Press Association Images

The South East is home to 16 of Britain's best restaurants according to The Sunday Times Food List.

One of the highest ranked restaurants from our region is Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire.

Brey in Berkshire also has two of the most expensive restaurants in the top 100.

The Fat Duck, owned by Heston Blumenthal, costs £237 per head for a typical meal and you can expect to pay around £201 each if you eat at The Waterside Inn, run by Alain Roux.

Restaurants that are new to the list, with good grub and at a more reasonable price, include The Pass in Horsham, The Bingham in Surrey and Gingerman in Brighton.

A typical meal at these establishments will set you back £50 per head.

Two of the lowest priced restaurants in the top 100 are in Whitstable in Kent.

Wheelers and The Sportsman cost £46 and £51 per person respectively.