Pub apologises to Muslim customer after serving him pork

Naz Ali. Pic: Birmingham Mail

A West Midlands pub has apologised after a Muslim customer was served pork in a dish of chilli chips.

The Birmingham Mail reports that Naz Ali had gone to Farmer John’s in Streetly with family and friends. The 39-year-old truck driver ordered a burger and chilli cheese fries, which contained a meat he assumed was chicken. But after eating about a quarter of the dish he checked with a waitress who told him it was pork.

Mr Ali said: “My friend is a Sikh and we had been joking about not having bacon on the burgers we ordered, but the waitress didn’t pick up on it at all. I fancied a side to go with the burger, so I ordered the chill chips. It had what I thought was chicken stuck right in the middle.

“My friend said I should check what I was eating so I asked the waitress and at first she had no idea. Then she came back and said she was really, really sorry because it was pork. I had food in my mouth and I spat it out and went to the toilet, where I was sick. I felt degraded.”

Mr Ali, from Halesowen, complained to staff, who he accuses of not taking his complaint seriously. He claimed all his party was given were free desserts consisting of four chocolate cakes for the group’s children.

But the pub has responded by saying it had apologised and waved the full bill.

Mr Ali said: “I’ve eaten in all kinds of places in London and Birmingham and I’ve never had an experience like this. For religious purposes I don’t eat pork and restaurants should be aware of what people of different religions can and can’t eat. It was a shambles.”

He is not satisfied with the answers from the Marston’s pub over the meal on Bank Holiday Monday, where he was joined by his wife, their 11-year-old twins and a friend and his two children.

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