A vegan woman has spoken of her horror after eating meat when a pub served her beef by mistake.
Chloe Sparks, from Cambridge, was out with her friend to enjoy a meal at The Regal branch of Wetherspoons in the city last Friday when she discovered her vegan-friendly meal tasted like meat.
After taking a mouthful of the ‘five bean chilli’ she quickly realised that something was wrong.
Chloe told Cambridgeshire Live she was really "shook up" by the experience and as a result made herself sick in the pub’s bathroom.
She said: "When it arrived I naturally assumed it was what I had ordered but after one mouthful I knew it contained meat.
"I asked to speak to the manager but he didn’t believe what I was saying, he kept telling me it was the five bean chilli.
"Eventually he took it into the kitchen and I was offered a refund for the meal."
Following a discussion with her friend, Chloe decided to speak to a different manager, who apologetically offered her a £20 gift card.
She said: "I appreciated the gift card but I wouldn’t go back if I’m honest.
"My friends and I come in here about once every two months because it’s cheap and a good night spot but I thought this was handled badly and it’s put me off."
But the optics worker is not going to let this stand in the way of her vegan journey.
"I’m definitely not going to let this perturb me", she said.
"I stand by my decision to go vegan, its good for me, it’s better for animals and it’s great for the environment.
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"I was an on and off vegetarian for ages and when the new year came around I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to give up the chicken and cheese for good."
A Wetherspoons spokesman said: "While we make every effort to deliver all orders correctly, on occasion mistakes can occur and when they do we apologise and do our utmost to put them right.
"We are sorry that this happened as we specifically cater for vegans and vegetarians with highlighted menu options.
"The customer has accepted a gift card after she brought this incident to our attention."
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