Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner shut after norovirus outbreak

4th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has been forced to shut his two Michelin-starred Knightsbride restaurant, Dinner, for a week after a norovirus outbreak.

As reported by The Mail on Sunday, some 24 diners and 21 members of staff were struck down with the vomiting bug last week.

Five years ago, Blumenthal was famously forced to shut his three Michelin-starred flagship, The Fat Duck in Bray for 10 days after the norovirus was brought into the restaurant by shellfish contaminated by human sewage.

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience to those customers affected by cancellations.

“However, I will reopen the restaurant safe in the knowledge that we have done everything we can do to continue to strive to create the perfect environment and food for my guests to enjoy,” Blumenthal said.

“I will always err on the side of extreme caution,” he added.

James Armitage, Westminster City Council’s food safety manager said closing the restaurant was the “responsible” thing to do. “We have already asked the restaurant to improve some of its hygiene procedures,” he said.

The restaurant, housed in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London’s affluent Knightsbridge district, won its first Michelin star in 2012 and second last year.

The norovirus can be spread from contaminated surfaces and equipment or if an infected person does not wash their hands properly before handling food.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Commercial/Sales Manager

Crush Wines Ltd
Bremhill/Home office, GB

Wine Buyer

Adnams
Southwold, UK

Sales Manager - Scotland

Eurowines Ltd
Scotland

Sales Manager - North-West England

Eurowines Ltd
North-West England, UK

Sales Manager - London

Eurowines Ltd
London, UK

Key Account Manager - Grocery

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Business Development Manager

Regency Wines Ltd
North Devon & Somerset, UK

Sales Manager - North East England

Eurowines Ltd
Within 15-20 mile radius of York, UK

National Account Manager

Ehrmanns Wines
London, UK

London Account Manager

The Drinks Club
London, UK

London Sales Executive

Gourvid Limited
London and Greater London, GB

Logistics Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
Park Royal, London, UK

Head of Sales - Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate
Kent/ London, UK

London Sales Executive

VDS UK Ltd
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more