Pub re-opens after investigation finds no rodent activity

The photo shared on social media taken by Will Robinson which he claimed showed a dead rat caught in a trap he found under his chair at a Brewer's Fayre in Boston.
The photo shared on social media taken by Will Robinson which he claimed showed a dead rat caught in a trap he found under his chair at a Brewer's Fayre in Boston.

A Boston pub has been given a clean bill of health after social media claims that a dead rat had been found on the premises.

Burton House in Wainfleet Road, Boston, voluntarily closed its doors on Wednesday (Feb 22) to allow senior managers, pest control and environmental health teams to inspect the premises for signs of pest activity.

A council spokesperson said: “Environmental health inspectors have thoroughly checked the kitchen, restaurant, storage and bin areas and have found no traces of rodent activity.

“The pest control team has also confirmed that there has been no current or recent pest problem at the restaurant.

“We are satisfied that there is no risk to the public and were happy to support the management’s decision to re-open the restaurant.

“The diner who posted the photo on social media has not made any complaint to the environmental health department. We are very keen to speak to him and would urge him to contact us as soon as possible by ringing 01205 314200 and asking for the environmental health department.”

A Whitbread Spokesperson said: “We take complaints of this nature extremely seriously, and decided to close the restaurant to allow a thorough investigation of the allegation.

“No evidence of pest activity was found anywhere on the premises. We have robust pest control measures in place and are confident that we can continue to offer our customers the highest standards of service and hygiene.”