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Vegan shares miserable pizza she was given when Pizza Express ran out of dairy-free cheese

Mary Nesbitt-Larking is usually a big fan of Pizza Expresss vegan options (Picture: Mary Nesbitt-Larking)

The vegan movement is going strong and brands are just starting to catch up.

Dominos is trialing a vegan pizza, vegan Magnums have reached the UK, and Asda plans to sell a vegan cheeseboard this Christmas.

While a lot of brands are working hard to cater for vegans, there are times when theyll get it a bit wrong.

Pizza Express is often praised for its vegan offering, being one of the few mainstream brands serving up decent vegan options with a full vegan menu.

On one occasion, though, things went awry.

Mary Nesbitt-Larking, 26, went to a Pizza Express in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, last month and ordered a vegan pizza.

She was told that the kitchen had run out of vegan cheese, but as she was hungry and didnt fancy changing dishes, she asked for the pizza with no cheese but with pine nuts and onions.

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The pizza that arrived to the table an hour later looked a tad sad.

An incredulous vegan diner has shared a snap of the tragic-looking 'pizza' she was served in a branch of Pizza Express - topped only with 'sour' tomato sauce and raw red onions. Mary Nesbitt-Larking, 26, was at a Pizza Express in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, last month when she was told the kitchen had run out of vegan cheese.
But this meal didnt quite hit the mark (Picture: Mary Nesbitt Larking)

Yes, the lack of cheese – which Mary had agreed to – had quite the impact, but the kitchen also managed to forget the pine nuts and top the pizza with raw red onions. Oh dear.

Mary shared a photo of the monstrosity on Facebook, writing that shed paid £9 for the pizza as shed been hungry after an hours wait.

She doesnt hold the mishap against Pizza Express though.

Vegan food options are amazing, and Pizza Express are incredible usually, it was just that one time they failed so epically, she told Femail.

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It was so awkward because Id waited over an hour and at that point I would have eaten anything as long as it was vegan.

”It tasted like undercooked flat bread with a whole tin of tomatoes over it that were really sour, and had raw, red onions on top.

Pizza Express has apologised, commenting: We take great pride in crafting delicious pizzas that our customers love – on this occasion we let Mary down and apologise for her disappointing experience.

We are following up to find out what went wrong and, by way of an apology, have invited Mary back to Pizza Express with a friend, to try our new Autumn dishes and dedicated Vegan menu, which includes the new Vegan Puttanesca.

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