A POPULAR Indian restaurant has received the highest possible food hygiene rating after a follow-up inspection.

The Westbourne Tandoori in Seamoor Road was named and shamed by Bournemouth Council last month after failing an environmental health inspection.

Owner Shaymol Chowdhury, who established the restaurant 23 years ago, said: “We have now completed the kitchen and the bathroom refurbishments and we would like to reassure all our customers that our food is very safe.”

Rob White, head of regulatory services at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “After a follow-up inspection, the Westbourne Tandoori has now been regraded to five stars on the food hygiene rating scheme.

“It would appear that the business has worked very hard to meet all of our food safety requirements and have made substantial improvements.”

Mr White added: “It is worth remembering that these inspections capture a specific point in time.

“We work with businesses to support them in improving their ratings.

“Specifically, when a business scores poorly and we require improvements, the initial low score also affects the frequency of visit.

“So having worked with the business to secure immediate improvements, as is usual in such cases, we will now revisit in three months time to ensure that the established standards have been maintained.”