STEVEN Gerrard has been told clean up his act after his restaurant was shut down – because of a mice infestation.
The Premier League legend saw his posh sushi and cocktail bar hauled before magistrates following the harrowing investigation by food safety experts.
The Vincent coughed to three charges of hygiene breaches – dirty work surfaces, gaps and holes that allowed vermin to enter and mouse droppings found in the main kitchen.
Inspectors even found a live mouse in December 2016, which resulted in the 190-cover diner in Exchange Flags, Liverpool city centre, to shut.
After closing, Paul Adams, Gerrard’s business partner, said at the time: “The audit suggested there are small gaps, in areas like skirting boards and grouting, which might allow intrusion into the restaurant by unwelcome visitors, so we have taken the immediate decision to close.
“It’s the right thing to do. Our customers love this old building – it’s a key part of our appeal.
“But grand old ladies like Exchange Flags sometimes bring their issues.”
Representatives of the bar appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where the case was adjourned until March 15 for sentencing.
The company admitted the charges under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013, after a prosecution was brought by Liverpool City Council.
Johnathan Ball, prosecuting, said two additional charges, including one relating to out-of-date food, would be dropped.
The Vincent now faces a fine of up to £18,000.
It has become a hit with a host of footballers and celebrities – including Gerrard’s club and country teammate Jamie Carragher and Bollywood actress Amy Jackson.
Last year The Sun revealed how the England hero’s establishment received a zero out of five hygiene rating.
It has improved slightly to a two out of five following an inspection in July.
However, staff were told to improve their handling of food to ensure hygiene standards are boosted.
A restaurant opened by former Man United winger Ryan Giggs — George’s in Worsley, Gtr Manchester — was also marked two out of five last year.
This has since improved to a four.
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