Mum ‘thought it was a mistake’ as son served just 12 pieces of pasta at leisure centre

A mum has slammed her local leisure centre after the pasta meal her son ordered arrived to include only 12 pieces of penne in a tiny bowl.

The East Yorkshire mum, who has not been named, had taken her children swimming to Haltemprice Leisure Centre for their weekly swimming lessons and then decided to order some food.

Her son had chosen to have the tomato penne pasta from the children’s menu, which cost £4.50 and was labelled as 417 calories.

Upon receiving the meal, the pasta was served in a tiny bowl that looked only big enough to put a dollop of ketchup in, the mum said.

She counted only 12 pieces of penne pasta in her son’s meal, which clearly did not match up to the 417 calories promised on the menu.

Alongside it was were two small slices of garlic bread.

The price seemed excessive for the portion she received, the woman claimed.

She said: “I could not believe it when they brought it over.

“I thought it was a mistake.

“There was literally 12 pieces of pasta. Of course we did the British thing and just said nothing, but decided that he might need pudding.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which runs the Haltemprice Leisure Centre, apologised to the customer concerned and said something had “gone wrong” with their order.

“We would urge all customers to talk to our staff on site about any concerns, so that they can be addressed and resolved at the time,” a spokesperson said.

“We are currently working on refreshing our leisure centre cafe menus for 2023, and will be taking into account current trends and customer requests, as well as taking into careful consideration prices, portion sizes, calories, and of course allergens, to ensure we comply with legislation and guidance.

“In the meantime, whilst portions and pricing are being investigated, regarding this particular meal, we have removed the tomato penne pasta from the menu at this leisure centre, and will reinstate it when all procedures have been reviewed.”

Recently, Hull hospitals have also come under fire for serving up less than generous portions in their canteens.

One senior medic showed off the grim offering at the staff canteen where prices had risen sharply.

In response, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust told Hull Live: “The trust is not immune to rising costs in the supply chain affecting every business and household in the country at the moment.

“Unfortunately, some of our prices have had to increase.”