A Persian restaurant where mouse droppings were found scattered around the venue has redeemed itself after a food hygiene reinspection.

Hana, in West End Lane, West Hampstead, was told there was an “imminent risk to public health” when environmental health officers from Camden Council slammed the eatery with a 0/5 food hygiene rating on June 28 this year.

But issues were corrected when inspectors visited the site on August 31, changing the score to a 5/5.

The hygienic food handling was found to be ‘very good’, and both the cleanliness and condition of facilities and management of food safety were rated ‘good’.

In a full report seen by the Ham&High, Hana was plagued with concerns during the June inspection – with mouse droppings found in the ground floor bar area, on the floor, lower shelving, in food areas, on cleaning equipment and on the crockery in the basement kitchen.

Chewed nesting material was also found in the back storage area of the kitchen beneath the crockery shelving.

According to the report, food was not being adequately protected against contamination from rodents and raw meats were being stored above and next to cooked foods.

The report also revealed: “At the time of the visit, food and drinks were being stored on the floor. Food and drinks must not be placed on the floor in an area where it may become contaminated  - especially at this time when you have an active mice infestation.”

Dirty cloths were being used on the inside of rice cooking pots and staff were seen washing their hands in the washing up sink and drying them on their backside – rather than using the designated hand wash basin.

All of these problems highlighted seem to be no longer the case, as environmental health officers now seem confident in the restaurant's hygiene and gave it the highest possible score.