The Government’s new rule about printing calorie information on menus has come into force and plenty of pub-goers were left unimpressed this weekend as they discovered how many calories are in a roast
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As of April 6, restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaway businesses in England with more than 250 staff had to start adding how many calories are in their meals to menus, websites and delivery platforms like Deliveroo.
The new rule was put forward by the government as a way to tackle obesity and help diners make healthier choices.
Many people have criticized the decision as they feel it could be ‘triggering’ for those struggling with eating disorders.
And the menu change has been met with further backlash after its first weekend in place, as a large number of pub-goers were left horrified by the amount of calories in dishes such as sausage and mash – as well as the traditional Sunday roast.
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Taking to Twitter, unhappy customers branded the calories on menus “nauseating”, “terrible” and a “disaster”.
Some also claimed it had “ruined their day” and “sucked the joy” out of going to the pub.
One person posted: “Just met my first pub menu with calories and it’s a disaster. Campaign to reverse this nonsense begins immediately.”
,Another said: “Calories on menus are the worst. had food in the pub earlier and all I can think about is how much it was. Ruined me f***in day.”
A third tweeted: “Just been to a pub for lunch that had all the calories listed on the menu, it definitely sucked a bit of joy out of the experience which is pretty standard for Tory policy I suppose.”
Someone else proclaimed: “The pub I’m in has calories next to all the menu items and little stars by the higher calorie options and I HATE IT. It is taking joy out of my dinner.”
A different user added: “This calories on menu thing is going to be jokes, get three courses at a pub and you’re eating nearly 3K calories without drinks.”
While a sixth was unhappy to learn how many calories were in their roast dinner, writing: “In the pub and apparently Sunday roasts have 2,621 calories.”
A fellow roast fan, echoed this saying: “Just went to look at the Sunday roast menu of the pub I’m having lunch in and… the calorie counts. (Personally, I’d rather know, but I will be having an, ahem, light dinner.)”
Similarly, a fellow pub-goer was appalled by the number of calories in sausage and mash as they’d always thought it was a “healthier option.”
They shared: “Just in the pub, perusing the menu – which features the calories for each dish, as is legally required from today. How did I ever think sausage and mash was a healthier option, just because it didn’t have chips. “
A picture posted alongside this showed how pork sausage with spring onion mash, crispy tobacco onions and red wine jus came to 1,110 calories – more than the cheeseburger and fries on the menu, which had 1,081 calories.
However, not everyone was opposed to the addition of calories on menus, with some wanting them to stay and thinking it was helpful to know whether they’d be consuming roughly a ‘day’s worth of calories’ in one pub meal.
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