Bermondsey Square Hotel in London has banned pork and alcohol from its menus after being taken over by a Muslim multi-millionaire who wishes to run the venue in accordance to Sharia law.
The new Islamic policy was imposed last week at the hotel’s bar and grill which was previously run by Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace. Customers were reportedly left out in the cold after the changes were swiftly implemented, with staff telling disgruntled guests that the original menu was no longer available.
The hotel is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK to ban the consumption of liquor and pork on its premises under the new rules.
Dishes that have traces of alcohol – such as beer-battered fish, a pudding with ‘drunken’ cherries and rum ice cream – have been taken off the menu with immediate effect. Drinkers are now offered non-alcoholic beer and elderflower cordial.
Chefs are also making changes to source chicken and beef sausages in replacement of the pork varieties for breakfast.
The 80-bedroom hotel, operated by Bespoke Hotels, was also the setting for Channel 4’s Hotel GB in 2012, when Gordon Ramsay, Mary Portas and Gok Wan competed to run the establishment for charity.
Robert Holland of Bespoke Hotels, which has operated the hotel since it opened in 2009, said decisions were made to change ‘some elements of the business’.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “These are in the best interests of the future of the hotel. We always have, and continue to, welcome guests of all shapes, sizes and denomination.”