Trendy chicken restaurant from the group behind Harry and Meghan’s favourite members' club shuts down after inspectors found MOUSE DROPPINGS on chopping boards
- Chicken Shop in Kentish Town was told to shut down by food hygiene inspectors
- Inspection found an infestation of flies in kitchen, as well as rodent droppings
- Eatery is affiliated with upmarket Soho House group
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had first date at a Soho House members' club
The Kentish Town branch of Chicken Shop, in north London, closed after a food hygiene inspection found an infestation of flies in the kitchen as well as rodent poo in preparation areas, on the floor, and on shelves, according to a report.
The upmarket chicken chain - where a whole rotisserie chicken costs £17 - is listed as a Soho House group restaurant on the members' club's website. One of Soho House's clubs, Dean Street Townhouse, is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first date.
Chicken Shop in Kentish Town shut down following a poor food hygiene inspection. There are a dozen branches in the UK as well as two worldwide
The Chicken Shop shut after it was given a food hygiene rating of zero following an inspection by Camden Council's environmental health team, according to Emily Banks of north London newspaper the Ham&High.
A report said: 'During the inspection, rodent (mice) droppings were noted in the the service kitchen area on food equipment (chopping boards).'
Rodent droppings were also found on the kitchen floor of the restaurant, as well as on shelves that contained materials used to box up food for takeaways, cleaning items, and food equipment.
Inspectors said there was also an infestation of flies in the kitchen, and described food preparation areas as 'dirty'. The report said that 'in view of the extreme seriousness of the situation' the council would take emergency action to shut it down.
Chicken Shop then voluntarily closed for two days following the inspection. It has since re-opened.
The restaurant in Kentish Town (pictured left) shares a space with Pizza East, which had no part in the inspection or hygiene issues. Chicken Shop re-opened after two days, a Quentin spokesman said
Chicken Shop was founded by the Soho House group but is now run by Quentin Restaurants Ltd.
Quentin was previously owned by the Soho House group but is now a separate business, according to Soho House.
However Quentin is still based at the Soho House group's headquarters in central London. Chicken Shop is also still listed as a Soho House restaurant chain on the group's website.
A spokesman for Quentin Restaurants said: 'For two days last summer there were issues noted in the basement and we voluntarily closed.
'Inspectors returned and were satisfied that everything had been addressed, and we re-opened that week. We look forward to our next inspection in the near future.'
Chicken Shop has branches all over London, as well as a restaurant in Chicago and Barcelona.
The Kentish Town branch shares space with Pizza East, another Soho House-affiliated restaurant chain, but Pizza East was not part of the inspection and was not reported to have hygiene issues.
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