A spokesperson for the group has confirmed to BigHospitality that its eponymous Goodge Street restaurant was inspected on 5 December, and its five-star rating was knocked down to a zero due to a “small, isolated incident”.
Although the restaurant has taken steps to ameliorate its shortcomings, it can often take up to four months for a health inspector to return to a restaurant, during which time the rating must remain as it was on the day of the inspection.
“Since [the inspection], the team have worked very closely with the council in rectifying the systems,” says a spokesperson for the group.
“This is not something the Salt Yard group have taken lightly, and this is an isolated incident within their group.”
Salt Yard is one of four restaurants operated by the company, including Dehesa and Ember Yard in Soho, and Opera Tavern in Drury Lane. Dehesa and Opera Tavern both hold the maximum five-star hygiene ratings, whilst Ember Yard, last inspected in September 2017, holds a four-star rating.
All four Salt Yard Group restaurants specialise in Italian and Spanish Tapas, with varying interior styles, atmospheres and menus.