Bristol pizza restaurant forced to close due to serious hygiene breaches

A Bristol pizza restaurant has been ordered to close following serious hygiene breaches.

After previously being served with a closure notice due to serious hygiene violations, G Brothers Pizza, in Easton, had its closure notice ratified by a Bristol court magistrate,

The pizza restaurant, owned by Gareth Hunter, was first inspected by council officers on Tuesday 20 February 2024 and was subsequently given a hygiene rating of 0 with inspectors stating, “urgent improvement necessary”.

G Brothers Pizza was given a month to rectify these hygiene issues.

However, after another visit to the premises on Wednesday 20 March, officers concluded that none of the urgent works had been carried. One serious breach included the lack of pest-proofing which led to the discovery of mice and cockroaches in the restaurant.

As a result of their failure to improve hygiene standards to an adequate level, G Brothers Pizza was served a hygiene emergency prohibition notice and were forced to close. This week, Bristol City Council’s notice was ratified by a Bristol magistrate.

Christina Gray, director of communities and public health, said: “This verdict is a clear reminder of the vital importance of protecting the public’s health through high hygiene standards in food handling, preparation and service.

“Thank you to the majority of hospitality businesses in Bristol who protect both their customers and their staff by ensuring training is undertaken and standards are met. We are lucky to have a diversity of responsible establishments here in Bristol, adding so much to life in the city.

“As this case demonstrates, our Environmental Health team conduct regular inspections of all Bristol establishments to ensure these standards are met and take swift, decisive action if necessary. I want to thank the officers who took this judgement to court and those members of the public who highlighted the problems at this site. Their support helped us to investigate and ultimately to close them down.”