A LUXURY hotel, golf and spa resort which was given a poor hygiene rating and asked to make "major improvements" following a catalogue of failings has been re-inspected.

Ramside Hall in Durham had been previously awarded a 'one' food safety rating after conditions were branded "completely unacceptable" by Durham County Council inspectors in January.

At the time, issues were indentified with Ramside Hall's four main catering facilities - The Rib Kitchen, Pemberton Kitchen, Fusion Kitchen and the Gold Club.

But after inspectors visited the site earlier this week, Ramside Hall said it had been upgraded to a 'five' food safety rating after carrying out the remedial work it had been asked to do.

John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, said: “This is a very challenging time for the hospitality industry and we are very glad that the inspector knows we took his comments very seriously and immediately carried out all the necessary work.

“A five star rating reflects the standards that we have in place and we hope that this will reassure the public and our corporate clients that Ramside Hall Hotel is very much open for business.”

The hotel said it received 100 per cent for its cleanliness and hygiene and 100 per cent score for the physical structure of the premises in the recent inspection.