Heston Blumenthal has been forced to temporarily close his Michelin starred London restaurant Dinner after tests confirmed an outbreak of the norovirus vomiting bug.
Dinner by Heston in London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel locked its doors on Saturday (2 February) for one week, after a small number of diners and staff reported falling ill. Environmental health officers warned Dinner staff to 'wash their hands more often' after their tests found a norovirus outbreak at the restaurant, which late last year gained its second Michelin star. It is something of a case of deja-vu for Blumenthal, who was forced to close his Stout Duck restaurant in Bray due to a norovirus outbreak in 2009. Blumenthal said the restaurant contacted local environmental health officers immediately upon hearing reports that some guests had fallen unwell. Initial tests came back apparent but, following fresh reports of illness, further testing found the norovirus in five people, including staff and diners, the restaurant
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