Revamp for zero-rated pub

The Eight Bells in Eaton

The Eight Bells in Eaton

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A PUB has been given a revamp after being given the worst possible food hygiene rating in a recent inspection.

The Eight Bells in Eaton, between Appleton and Cumnor, was awarded a food hygiene rating of 0 with “urgent improvement necessary” by Vale of White Horse District Council.

Refurbishment has been carried out at the pub since the inspection, and it is due to reopen tonight.

Pub landlord Tommy O’Sullivan said yesterday: “We weren’t doing food at the time of the inspection as we were in negotiations to get a new kitchen.

“We were reported to environmental health and we closed to do a revamp. We’ve done more than the environmental health team has asked us to do – we’ve gone way above what they require.”

He said the pub was due to be inspected again today and he aimed to reopen tonight.

Under the ‘Scores on the Doors’ scheme, organisations are rated from zero – the worst – to five, which is the best.

The pub scored “very bad” in both food hygiene, and safety and structural compliance, categories in last month’s inspection.

A food establishment with a zero rating does not have to close but must make urgent improvements.

A “very bad” rating is awarded for almost total non-compliance with statutory regulations, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The pub also got a ‘no confidence in management’ rating, which equates to a poor track record of compliance, little or no technical knowledge, little or no appreciation of hazards or quality control and no food safety management system.

The FSA said that this year, only 12 of the 5,400 food establishments in Oxfordshire have been told they need urgent improvements.

To see current county ratings, go to scoresonthedoors.org.uk

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10:27am Fri 5 Sep 14

Quentin Walker says...

Compulsory closure, surely, must be the norm for zero stars?

Such establishments are making profit from gambling with the health of the public. Not on.

Having said that, after Mr O'Sullivan's own PR goal, I doubt he will be troubled by many customers.
Compulsory closure, surely, must be the norm for zero stars? Such establishments are making profit from gambling with the health of the public. Not on. Having said that, after Mr O'Sullivan's own PR goal, I doubt he will be troubled by many customers. Quentin Walker
  • Score: -1

10:51am Fri 5 Sep 14

Cumnor198 says...

Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells.
Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells. Cumnor198
  • Score: 5

11:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

ScaryDoris says...

The Eight Bells is the best real ale pub in the District - it has been beset by lack of investment by the property's owner and a malicious neighbour who has persistently pursued every previous landlord of the pub. Neighbours must realise that buying a house next to a pub inevitably means compromise!
Food has not been available at this establishment for some months precisely because a new kitchen was required. Now the H&S zealots have their foot in the door, it's not about the kitchen alone as the overall maintenance of the pub has become the major issue through the complacency of the owner not the tenant.
The Eight Bells is the best real ale pub in the District - it has been beset by lack of investment by the property's owner and a malicious neighbour who has persistently pursued every previous landlord of the pub. Neighbours must realise that buying a house next to a pub inevitably means compromise! Food has not been available at this establishment for some months precisely because a new kitchen was required. Now the H&S zealots have their foot in the door, it's not about the kitchen alone as the overall maintenance of the pub has become the major issue through the complacency of the owner not the tenant. ScaryDoris
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Fri 5 Sep 14

King Joke says...

That sounds like a sad situation Doris. Presumably the neighbour will be happy when the pub is closed down and sold as an executive home to a braying Audi-driving w anchor and his snotty kids.
That sounds like a sad situation Doris. Presumably the neighbour will be happy when the pub is closed down and sold as an executive home to a braying Audi-driving w anchor and his snotty kids. King Joke
  • Score: 10

12:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Quentin Walker says...

Cumnor198 wrote:
Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells.
Thank you for your advice.

I will be visiting to see for myself.
[quote][p][bold]Cumnor198[/bold] wrote: Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your advice. I will be visiting to see for myself. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 3

12:47pm Fri 5 Sep 14

thomashenry says...

The 8 Bells is a gem of a pub.
The 8 Bells is a gem of a pub. thomashenry
  • Score: 5

5:46pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Cumnor198 says...

Quentin Walker wrote:
Cumnor198 wrote:
Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells.
Thank you for your advice.

I will be visiting to see for myself.
That's the spirit - Tommy (aka Mr O’Sullivan) will welcome you in the same way he welcomes everyone - warmly and with open arms. You won't be disapointed and the beer is second to none.

I'm actually really glad the kitchens are being improved; now I'll be able to have some great, british, pub food with my beer. 'Tommy's ham egg and chips' is the best. Personally I've been really sad that the kitchens haven't been open for ages.

P.S. the article suggests Tommy doesn't know much about being a Landlord - I beg to differ.
P.P.S. Just in case you wondered, I'm not what you might call a "regular" I live in Cumnor and try my best to get out to the Bells twice a month.
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cumnor198[/bold] wrote: Mr Quentin and the rest of Oxfordshire - The 8 Bells is one of the best, most real pubs I know. It has a wonderful range of beer and hasn't served food for ages presumably because the kitchens were in a mess. If you like beer and enjoy a welcoming community try the 8 Bells.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your advice. I will be visiting to see for myself.[/p][/quote]That's the spirit - Tommy (aka Mr O’Sullivan) will welcome you in the same way he welcomes everyone - warmly and with open arms. You won't be disapointed and the beer is second to none. I'm actually really glad the kitchens are being improved; now I'll be able to have some great, british, pub food with my beer. 'Tommy's ham egg and chips' is the best. Personally I've been really sad that the kitchens haven't been open for ages. P.S. the article suggests Tommy doesn't know much about being a Landlord - I beg to differ. P.P.S. Just in case you wondered, I'm not what you might call a "regular" I live in Cumnor and try my best to get out to the Bells twice a month. Cumnor198
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Truesupporter says...

Good news! The friendliest pub in Oxfordshire is open again. . Agree there has been a lack of investment and this hasn't helped the situation. I have witnessed the aforementioned malicious neighbour and it only appears that wants to stop the enjoyment of others as he did when he lived in a neighbouring village. I hope he is ostracised by other villagers as hismotive is clearly to shut the pub. So come to the Bells and support Tommy.
Good news! The friendliest pub in Oxfordshire is open again. . Agree there has been a lack of investment and this hasn't helped the situation. I have witnessed the aforementioned malicious neighbour and it only appears that wants to stop the enjoyment of others as he did when he lived in a neighbouring village. I hope he is ostracised by other villagers as hismotive is clearly to shut the pub. So come to the Bells and support Tommy. Truesupporter
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Sun 7 Sep 14

SIMBO251 says...

Tommy is a great landlord & serves the best pint around. Can't wait for the Eight Bells to reopen. Cheers!
Tommy is a great landlord & serves the best pint around. Can't wait for the Eight Bells to reopen. Cheers! SIMBO251
  • Score: 5

11:14pm Wed 10 Sep 14

Cumnor198 says...

The Bells is open for business again. Best beer, best landlord, best welcome and a great crowd. What a cracking pub. Zero to hero?

So happy to have everything back to how it should be. Can't wait for ham, eggs and chips.
The Bells is open for business again. Best beer, best landlord, best welcome and a great crowd. What a cracking pub. Zero to hero? So happy to have everything back to how it should be. Can't wait for ham, eggs and chips. Cumnor198
  • Score: 2

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