Outbreak of Vomiting Virus Forces Heston Blumenthal to Close London restaurant

Heston-BlumenthalA vomiting virus outbreak has led Heston Blumenthal to close its London restaurant.  Apologies have been offered to customers by the 'culinary alchemist' at the exclusive two-Michelin-starred Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel.

It is expected that the doors of the restaurant will remain shut for customers for a week. The decision of closure of the restaurant was taken after 24 diners and 21 members of staff were affected by the vomiting virus.

In 2009, the same virus forced the chef to close the award-winning Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire. The 47-year-old said he is extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to the customers affected by cancellations.

"However, I will reopen the restaurant safe in the knowledge that we have done everything we can do to continue to strive to create the perfect environment and food for my guests to enjoy", he added.

James Armitage, Westminster City Council's food safety manager, said that outbreak of norovirus at the Dinner restaurant has been confirmed by test results this week. The operators have done the right thing to close the restaurant to get every corner of the restaurant rid of the virus.

The restaurant - opened in 2011 - is known for its specialty historical English food. Every week, about 1,000 customers dine in the restaurant where about £190 is charged for a meal for two.

Westminster City Council food safety did a thorough inspection of both the restaurant premises and working practices. They will be working in tandem with the restaurant operators to ensure the virus is all clear from there.