Wetherspoons punters furious as salt runs out and food is ruined without it

Pubgoers at the UK's most popular pub chain were left devastated today when condiment shortages ruined their favourite meals.

Angry punters aired their criticism and soul-searching online after finding that salt sachets were missing from a number of JD Wetherspoon branches throughout the UK.

One Twitter user led their complaint by saying the Spoons salt scarcity was a sign that the "country has gone to the dogs", while another grumbled at the lack of dignity in having to eat their food "unseasoned".

The visitor to the pub in Piccadilly, Manchester, said: "I had to settle for vinegar instead. It just wasn’t the same — my chips were ruined."

A third revealed that when a Spanish punter had become vocal about the lack of salt present at The Golden Rochester, Kent, they were informed by a member of staff that "it hasn't been on the lorry for two weeks".

They asked: “No one could go to a local supermarket to fill up. Corporate firms huh?”

An informative tweet from Teresa Curtis read: “My brother went into Wetherspoons. There was a sign saying they have no salt.”

Can you live without salt on your chips? Let us know if this would ruin your day too in the comments below!

Bosses at Wetherspoons announced in August that they were looking for new suppliers to meet emerging gaps in certain food products.

And in September, the chain said it was nearly dry on stocks of Heineken, Carling and Coors, with signs in pubs claiming that “lorry drivers and strike action” were behind the issues.

Some have blamed the issues on a national shortage of HGV operators in the UK, which has been attributed to the return of foreign drivers to their home countries on the European continent in the wake of Brexit and Covid.

Despite the problems, it was announced yesterday that Wetherspoons will be selling selected drinks for just 99p throughout November.

The drinks included in the price drop will include a pint of Ruddles Best, a bottle of Beck’s and a 25ml measure of Bell’s whisky with a mixer.

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