Party-go­ers blame their pub grub af­ter fall­ing ill

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Barlow

A fam­ily claims a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion turned into a night­mare af­ter their meal out ended with some of the party suf­fer­ing from vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea.

The group of 18 had gone to The County Ho­tel in Ash­ford High Street in April this year to cel­e­brate the 16th birth­day of Chloe Gam­mon.

But half the group later com­plained of suf­fer­ing symp­toms such as stom­ach aches and fever.

JD Wether­spoon, which runs the County, said the com­pany had fully in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent and found no ev­i­dence link­ing the ill­nesses to the pub.

Miss Gam­mon said she had to miss sev­eral days of school af­ter she woke up in the mid­dle of the night feel­ing sick. Sev­eral of her friends at her birth­day also had to take days off.

She said: “It was a dis­ap­point­ment. We had a re­ally good night but woke up the next morn­ing and felt ter­ri­ble. On re­flec­tion it must have been the meal.”

Her aunt Louise Waller was also among the group.

Mrs Waller said: “It was a night­mare re­ally. Be­tween 24 hours and 48 hours later eight of us ex­pe­ri­enced symp­toms in­clud­ing vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, fever and stom­ach cramps. We also have a con­firmed case of norovirus.

“We be­lieve there is a con­nec- tion with what we ate. Wether­spoon con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said their premises is un­likely to be the cause.

“How­ever, they didn’t as­sist us in ob­tain­ing sam­ples and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was done three weeks af­ter the event.”

Mrs Waller says the group is now mak­ing a for­mal com­plaint to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

A spokesman for JD Wether­spoon said the com­pany was “fully aware” of the claims made by the party.

He added: “We have writ­ten on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions out­lin­ing the ac­tion the com­pany took.

“The mat­ter was fully in­ves­ti­gated by in­de­pen­dent sup­ply chain au­di­tors and they found no ev­i­dence link­ing the ill­ness to our pub.

“We are aware that it took a num­ber of weeks to get this re­sponse to the cus­tomer but that was be­cause the mat­ter was be­ing fully in­ves­ti­gated.

“As far as we are con­cerned the mat­ter is closed.”

‘We had a re­ally good night but woke up the next morn­ing and felt ter­ri­ble’

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