‘Covid-spreading restaurant. Avoid’: Notting Hill venue where Rita Ora held her 30th birthday party in breach of lockdown rules is hit with string of joke one star reviews on Tripadvisor
- The singer, 30, invited group of celebrity friends to celebrate her birthday
- Cara Delevingne, her sister Poppy and sister Elena Ora spotted at Casa Cruz
- Current national lockdown rules state that restaurants should be shut
The restaurant where Rita Ora held a lockdown-breaching 30th birthday party has been review-bombed with joke one-star marks.
Rita sparked outrage after she had the illegal bash with ‘around seven guests’ on Saturday night.
But the Casa Cruz eatery in posh Notting Hill, west London was then targeted with bad reviews on Tripadvisor.
One customer – called Emah – said she’d awarded the restaurant one star because it hosted an illegal ‘birthday party for Rita above it all Ora’.
She added: ‘Wow, as you enter the venue for 30 people you can just feel your concerns for others and the NHS just wash away, it’s amazing how money can protect you from the rule of law and coronavirus!
‘We had supermodels, DJs and everyone who is generally better than you, the peasant public.
‘We hugged, drank and danced the night away…even when the police turned up they didn’t shut us down because they realised we are better than you.
Rita Ora has apologised for a ‘serious and inexcusable error of judgment’ after joining friends
Miss Ora, who had on a white satin dress and a fur-lined coat, wore a mask as she left
Supermodel Cara Delevingne (pictured), her sister Poppy and Miss Ora’s sister Elena
The Casa Crus restaurant in Notting Hill was where the party was held over the weekend
‘These rules don’t apply. She can afford the fine. it is OK.
‘Send thanks when she kills your grandma this Christmas.
‘As for the owners who allowed this make sure you have equal thanks.’
Another – called Keith – added: ‘Very unsafe and law breaking.
‘Covid-spreading law-breaking restaurant. Avoid.
‘Tough times for everyone but when we are able to support hospitality I feel it is important not to support those ones who could not care less about public health.’
Tripadvisor said it was suspending reviews because of fake ones being posted on the site
Tripadvisor was hit by people posting joke reviews of the restaurant of the 30th birthday bash
In another post seemingly published after the story broke, Yian said: ‘Awful food, awful service.
‘Really disappointed with the quality of the food (and the arrogance of the staff).
‘Overly expensive. Avoid.’
Tripadvisor has now blocked customers from posting reviews.
A message online reads: ‘Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.
‘If you’ve had a firsthand experience at this property, please check back soon – we’re looking forward to receiving your review!’
Rita posted a picture on Thursday before the party to celebrate the milestone birthday
Hot Right Now singer Rita apologised yesterday and offered to pay the £10,000 fine for breaking strict lockdown guidelines.
The chart-topper partied with guests including model sisters Clara and Poppy Delevigne and TOWIE pal Vas Morgan.
In her apology statement, she said: ‘I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be okay.
‘I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.
‘This was a serious and inexcusable error or judgement.
‘Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing firsthand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to keep us all safe.
‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
A Government spokesman has said everyone, including celebs, must abide by the lockdown rules, adding: ‘Everyone must continue to follow the rules, or we risk losing control of this virus again.’
Casa Cruz’s owner Nicholas Fallows has reportedly said he knew nothing about the illegal shindig.
The Met Police said: ‘Police were called at 9.10pm on Saturday to reports of a potential breach of Covid regulations in W11.’
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