A national chain serving up a range of sweet treats has closed its doors temporarily - just a month after being hit by a low food hygiene score.

Bosses at the Little Dessert Shop in St Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge, have posted a message on the shop window announcing the closure to customers.

The shop - close to the Odeon cinema in the town centre leisure complex - was given a food hygiene rating of just one after a visit on February 2, with Wiltshire Council inspectors saying ‘major improvement’ was necessary.

The notice reads: “Dear all valued customers. Please be advised that Little Dessert Shop Trowbridge will be closed from 06.02.2023 for place upgrades until further notice.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the refurbishment period. Thank you very much for your patience and support! Kind regards LDS Team.”

Wiltshire Times: The notice in The Little Dessert Shop window. Photo: Trevor Porter 69685-2The notice in The Little Dessert Shop window. Photo: Trevor Porter 69685-2 (Image: Trevor Porter)

The Little Dessert Shop makes and sells handcrafted artisan waffles, crepes, coffee, cheesecakes, cookie dough and gelato.

In a post on local social media, the staff added: “Hey, Dessert Lovers! We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news. Our store is temporarily closing until further notice. We promise we’re not just taking a nap on a pile of cheesecakes.

“We know how much you love our desserts, but don’t worry, we’ll be back soon with our ovens hotter than ever!

“We’ll keep you posted on our reopening date, so stay tuned to our page for updates. We can’t wait to see you all soon!”

Wiltshire Council said its visit had revealed some “major non-compliance” with statutory obligations in relation to the hygienic handling of food and the cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building.

Wiltshire Times: The Little Dessert Shop's poor food hygiene rating by Wiltshire CounciilThe Little Dessert Shop's poor food hygiene rating by Wiltshire Counciil (Image: Wiltshire Times)

These included food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage, appropriate layout and ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control.

Officers said that “significant improvements” were required to prevent a fall in standards.

They also said there was Inadequate level of compliance with the management of food safety, including a poor appreciation of hazards and control measures.

Officers found no food safety management system in place and a varying track record of the shop having system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat and evidence that staff know about food safety.

The Wiltshire Times has tried to contact The Little Dessert Shop for a comment. There was no response.