The budget pub chain sparked anger among customers after it was made to serve the festive sausages without any bacon, The Sun reports. Wetherspoon’s said bacon supplies have been affected at “a number of pubs” across the nation. But despite their honesty, it did not stop customers feeling peeved.
Xander Yarney, 21, ordered a bacon-less Christmas dinner at The Angel, located in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
He used the chain’s popular mobile phone app to place the order on December 2.
He said: “I ordered them through the app and when they got delivered to me they didn’t have the bacon on them.
“Matey asked me if I wanted a refund and I said not to worry about it.
“Obviously was a bit disappointed, I mean who wouldn’t be? But I kind of just found it funny more than anything so I gave it no stress, ate them and then went about my day.”
The chain’s Christmas menu was launched last month, with it being rolled out to more than 800 locations across the UK.
The menu includes eight new dishes to choose from including a chicken, bacon and brie pizza.
The 11-inch pizza also has apricot and cranberry stuffing on it.
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Wetherspoons said in a statement the supply issue has now been resolved.
Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “It wasn’t across all 900 pubs and it was only for a day or so.
“There is no shortage of meat. The suppliers in the UK had the bacon and the sausages but didn’t have enough labour to put the blankets on the pigs.
“It was nothing to do with supply, it was to do with labour.
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“There was a stop in some supplies, they got the sausages in without the blankets.”
The British Meat Processors Association had previously warned the UK it was not doing enough to attract more EU workers, and that as a result “fiddly” items such as pigs in blankets could be missed off menus.
Wetherspoon’s founder Tim Martin has been a vocal supporter of Brexit as the UK battled endlessly to leave the clutches of the bloc.
And Mr Martin is already looking forward to Britain’s future outside the EU after unveiling ambitious plans to open at least 50 new pubs in the UK and Ireland - creating 10,000 jobs in the process.
Just last week Mr Martin told Express.co.uk the £200million investment was an indication of his confidence that Britain would boom once it quit the bloc.
The expansion will increase Wetherspoon’s workforce by nearly a quarter.
It comes as most pub and restaurant chains in Britain battle increasing costs due to a mandatory minimum wage hike and rising rental and energy bills.
Wetherspoon’s said it plans to open between 50 and 60 new pubs and some hotels.
They will mostly be in small and medium-sized British towns and cities but also in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds as well as the Irish cities of Dublin and Galway.
Mr Martin said: “There’s been a lot of negativity about the economy.
“But the stock market’s near a record high, household income is at or near a record high, consumer expenditure is up on last year and unemployment is at a record low.
“Wetherspoon’s investment in opening new and enlarged pubs and hotels will generate thousands of jobs and millions in taxes, so it has to be good for the UK economy.
“The constant gloomy messages from the CBI and permanently pessimistic economists are bad for everyone.
“We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years.”
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