A HOTEL that picked up a one star hygiene - the lowest possible score - has turned things around in a matter of months and now been awarded five stars.

The Castle Inn Hotel, in Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, was the subject of a routine inspection last year by Allerdale Council environmental health officers, leading to the low rating, which required the premises to make “urgent improvement”.

Last week, the hotel were delighted to announced they had been awarded five stars for its food and hygiene.

The announcement comes off the back of the appointment of David Wilson as head chef who has developed a series of new initiatives at the hotel including new team, training and ongoing investments.

Peter Wells, operation director, said: “We are absolutely delighted that following a recent visit by inspectors from Allerdale Council, the hotel has been awarded a five-star status for our health and hygiene.

“We have an incredible and close-knit team on board who have worked tirelessly to ensure we provide the highest possible standards.

“This is a true testament to the teamwork and dedication and we look forward to enjoying a prosperous 2020.”

After the low hygiene rating the Castle Inn have been working with Allerdale Council to rectify things.

After the initial investigations took place, a number of changes were implemented including changes to staff and new procedures being introduced to complement the hotel in all areas of hygiene.

During the inspection in February the team improved on all aspects of the report.