Sheldrakes faces £11,000 bill after breaching food hygiene rules.
But court hears how Lower Heswall eaterie has upped its games since surprise inspection.
A top Wirral restaurant faces a bill of more than £11,000 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences.
Owner of Sheldrakes, in Lower Heswall , Helen Demetrios said the restaurant was "overwhelmed" by renovation works and "fell below our own high standards".
But District Judge Michael Abelson said Wirral council food hygiene inspectors discovered "absolutely appalling conditions" during a surprise visit in January 2013.
During the hearing at Wirral Magistrates Court, in Birkenhead , prosecutor Ken Abrams said officers had found "evidence of rodent activity in the kitchen and food storage areas".
The restaurant pleaded guilty to five charges under the food hygiene regulations.
Judge Abelson said it was "not all bad news" for the restaurant which he said now looked, from more recent photographs, "like a hospital, gleaming".
But he added: "It's important the public see the courts take a serious view of this type offending."
He fined the restaurant £7,500 plus £3,745.99 costs.
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