Historic London curry house the India Club overrun with mice which burrowed through ceiling

The kitchen of a celebrated Indian restaurant was overrun with mice who were burrowing in through the ceiling, a court has heard.

The Strand Continental Hotel is home to the India Club restaurant, which has been open for more than half a century.

Kirsty Panton, prosecuting, told Westminster magistrates’ court: “The state of the premises was appalling and fell far short of the standard required.”

She added: “The charmingly eccentric India Club was set up by the India League, as a symbol of post-independence friendship and understanding between India and the UK. It is a British curry house of the first generation. 

“The relevance of this is how the public see the restaurant and the standards that are expected, not only what you would expect from any restaurant but particularly of one with such symbolism.”

In 2015 and 2016 the restaurant ignored officers who ordered changes, the court was told.

Ms Panton said: “There was a serious failure to address the risks and allowed these breaches to subsist over a period of time.”

The hotel has admitted health breaches. Its owner, Freny Marker, said a cleaner “wasn’t doing a good job”.

District Judge Nina Tempia adjourned the case until 16 February.

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