Kettering Pub Closed After Sixty Customers Are Taken Ill After Norovirus Outbreak

Public Health Lawyers Call For Investigation

26.04.2016

Oliver Wicks, Press Officer | 0114 274 4649

A local pub was forced to close after 60 of its customers and staff suffered diarrhoea and sickness after visiting The Hobsons Choice in Kettering.

The cause, a suspected norovirus outbreak, has been called ‘concerning’ by leading Public Health specialists at national law firm Irwin Mitchell who would like to see an investigation into the cause of the outbreak after affecting such a large number of people.

After a number of diners at The Hobsons Choice pub and restaurant in Pegasus Court started suffering from stomach problems the venue was temporarily shut down.  An inspection took place immediately and the premises were thoroughly cleaned before it was re-opened. Public Health England bosses have since stated ‘that there is no continuing risk to the public’.

Norovirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis and affects people of all ages. In extreme cases it can cause death among the very young and the elderly.

A spokesperson for The Hobsons Choice pub said: “We are aware of a reported norovirus outbreak in the area and have worked to support the Environmental Health officers who are satisfied with our hygiene practices.”

Expert Public Health lawyers at Irwin Mitchell currently represent more than 300 people affected by a norovirus outbreak at the Exeter Arms, a Toby Carvery restaurant in Middlemoor.

Expert Opinion
“Whilst it’s positive to see that the pub closed for cleaning so quickly, the fact that sixty people have been affected is extremely concerning and an investigation should now be a priority.

“Norovirus is very contagious and can leave victims suffering with significant symptoms which can have a huge impact on their day-to-day lives, both in the short and long term.

“We like to see a thorough investigation commenced as soon as possible so that those affected by this outbreak get the answers they deserve and lessons can then be learnt."
Jatinder Paul, Associate