A food business has been ordered to pay £30,894 after environmental health officers found filthy conditions in the premises, structural defects, a lack of food hygiene training, rat droppings and out of date food.
Mr Mark Miles, the current Managing Director of Inndulgence Ltd admitted 11 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 concerning his business at The Grapes Inn at Scaling Dam.
Mr Miles appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court following an investigation by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
The barrister for the council, Morgan Brien, told magistrates that officers closed the business using a voluntary agreement with Mr Miles in order to protect the public.
Both the food business operator and the cook had inadequate knowledge of food safety and hygiene matters.
In mitigation the court heard that The Grapes Inn was struggling financially but accepted responsibility for the offences.