THE manager of a restaurant in Teignmouth has been fined £6,000 for cooking in a filthy kitchen.
Surfaces at the Taj Mahal were dirty and rodent droppings were found on the floor by food hygiene inspectors.
But the final straw for the council came when a decomposing rat was found in a storage room and the manager failed to improve the premises.
Magistrates in Torquay have fined Sultan Al-Mahmood for food hygiene offences and told him to pay another £773 in costs.
The company, Taj Mahal Ltd, which is no longer running the restaurant Fore Street, has also been fined the same amount.