A posh spa that allegedly told guests its apple crumble could help cut the risk of cancer faces court on charges of breaching food laws.
A menu at celeb hangout Champneys said the pudding might help guests dodge “cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes”, it was claimed.
The spa is also accused of failing to declare allergens – including milk that was in a vegan tofu pad thai.
It also failed to flag up mustard in a caesar salad, soy in a fish dish, egg in a beef dish, milk in a lamb dish and gluten in broccoli and tofu fritters.
The centre, whose website says it “steers away from fads and fallacies” to “keep things honest and enjoyable”, also allegedly claimed a black rice, quinoa and ginger salad was “anti-inflammatory”.
The chain, whose customers have included the Beckhams, Brad Pitt, Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig and Princess Diana, was due before Brighton magistrates yesterday in a prosecution launched by West Sussex County Council.
It faces 19 charges relating to food safety, information, nutrition and consumer protection laws.
But the hearing was adjourned until later this month as neither Champneys nor the council attended court.
Judge Amanda Kelly said: “I’m rather annoyed by counsel not turning up for this trial. There are no words.”
Champneys did not respond to numerous requests for a comment yesterday.
West Sussex County Council last night declined to comment over the case.