THE manager of a Prestatyn restaurant has welcomed the return of five stars.

After more than a month with a Food Hygiene Rating rating of one - the second lowest score - the CookHouse Pub & Carvery, on the High Street, has been awarded full marks once again.

The Journal recently reported that Nathan Wolfe, general manager the restaurant, claimed the low score awarded on December 12 was due to being assessed while undergoing a refurbishment, and he now considers the episode a "blip" for the establishment.

Mr Wolfe said: "As stated at the time it was a structural issue and the landlord had already agreed to complete the works required during our pre-planned closure we had on the January 7, which during this closure the whole floor was dug out and new foundations and flooring installed as well as new fixtures and fittings being installed.

"I consider this to be a blip that will never happen again and 5 stars will always remain on our door."

While a score of one indicates that a number of breaches have been identified by Denbighshire County Council, Mr Wolfe believes the impact on the business' reputation has been negligible.

Previously the establishment has consistent track record of earning the highest rating out of six.

Mr Wolfe added: "The day it was put out on various sites was the same day we found out our score from the council, so the effects were immediate.

"We have had a slight downturn on business but this is hard to know if this was down the the 1star or down to the fact it was January, but vast amount of our loyal customers kept on coming back.

"We found that overall our customers and our locals have been extremely supportive towards us as many people know what a quality establishment CookHouse is.

"We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding."

We are looking forward to moving ahead with 2019 and seeing all our customers, holiday maker and locals this year.