Belgique cafes under ongoing investigation

Belgique in High Road, Loughton

Belgique in High Road, Loughton

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

A cafe chain could face legal action after it emerged three of its cafes are under investigation by council inspectors.

Belgique in High Road, Loughton, is currently rated one out of five for food hygiene by the Food Standards Agency and branches in Epping and Theydon Bois are now also subject to regular visits from environmental health officers.

Epping Forest District Council carried out the inspections but has not given the reasons for the poor rating.

A council spokesperson said: "We are working with the owner and managers to address a number of concerns.

“We would like to say more but we are constrained in the amount of detail we can give at the moment as we would not like to prejudice any potential legal action in the future.”

A further six Belgique cafes owned by Igor Bekaertin in Wanstead, Woodford Green and Chingford as well as the Epping and Theydon Bois branches are all rated five out of five by the agency.

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2:00am Tue 10 Jun 14

Cblack79 says...

If this is the case I don't see how this is the managers fault... After dismissing the manager you have still failed to get your hygiene rating up .. Although you did by one star! CONGRATULATIONS! If your Epping and Theydon store have had bad hygiene scores then why are these managers not sacked yet? But unfair isn't it? Also may I add if your new manager in loughton is better than your manager from before surely they would of made sure that the hygiene in your store is up to scratch. To be honest you should get rid of this manager too if your getting rid of the ones who aren't obliging to your rules.
If this is the case I don't see how this is the managers fault... After dismissing the manager you have still failed to get your hygiene rating up .. Although you did by one star! CONGRATULATIONS! If your Epping and Theydon store have had bad hygiene scores then why are these managers not sacked yet? But unfair isn't it? Also may I add if your new manager in loughton is better than your manager from before surely they would of made sure that the hygiene in your store is up to scratch. To be honest you should get rid of this manager too if your getting rid of the ones who aren't obliging to your rules. Cblack79
  • Score: 13

1:43pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is not acceptable. People eat this.
This is not acceptable. People eat this. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

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