A Leyland restaurant which had its reputation questioned by food hygiene inspectors has raised its game and is now at the right end of the ratings.
Malique Malik, owner of The Viceroy, in Golden Hill Lane, revealed how he had to show customers around his kitchen to prove it was clean.
Last year, South Ribble Council’s food hygiene system graded the Indian eatery with just one star out of five.
However, after months of hard work ensuring all the relevant paperwork was complete, Malique and his team are now graded at four stars and aren’t far behind claiming a presigious fifth.
Malique said: “When customers found out about the one-star rating, I actually started showing people around the kitchens to prove it wasn’t dirty.
“We didn’t know at first why we were awarded the rating we had been given, and when we found out it was due to incomplete paperwork.
“The inspector gave us three months to improve, and in that time we have made sure all the paperwork is
“When he came back, he said he was impressed and ranked us at four stars.”
Malique insisted all the problems at the restaurant were strictly down to paperwork issues.
He has been trading at the same premises for 27 years says that his food hygiene ratings have always been at the top end of the scale until this past year.
And now with his latest rating of four stars, he is only concentrating on moving forward.
He added: “Five stars is definitely our next target.
“We just need to keep up the work with all the paperwork and that should help us get to the maximum five.
“All of our staff have food hygiene certificates and everybody is well trained and up to date. I think what we have now is a fair rating. It will be a lot of hard work to get five stars but it will be worth it, our kitchen is always clean.”