A popular Southport pub is being investigated by food safety chiefs after two diners found themselves violently ill after eating there.

Two customers at the Richmond on Scarisbrick New Road were violently ill 30 minutes after eating the same meal they were served by staff on 2nd August.

The brewery in charge of the pub says their independent food safety advisors were satisfied the illness was “not related to our food or The Richmond pub.”

An official Environmental Health investigation into the matter is ongoing.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We have received a complaint on the 2nd August in relation to a business in Southport. Sefton Council expects all businesses serving food and beverages to have the highest standards and to comply to all government food safety standards, therefore the Council will be investigating this matter and will inform the complainant of the outcome in due course.

“In the meantime if other residents want to make a complaint about food hygiene at any Sefton establishment, you can do so online at https://www.sefton.gov.uk/environmental-protection/pests,-pollution-and-food-hygiene/food-hygiene-complaints.aspx”

Joseph Holt said: “We are aware of the incident concerning two of our customers. Joseph Holt ensures the standards of all our pubs and food houses is always a top priority.

“We have worked closely with the EHO and our independent food safety advisors on this isolated incident who were satisfied that the timeframes involved surrounding the illness were not related to our food or The Richmond pub.”