Diner Pete Moxon was told he could not order creme brûlée because it is a health and safety risk
Mr Moxon, 65, was enjoying Sunday lunch with his wife Lynn and friends Alan and Shelagh Dale at a village pub.
And when it came to desserts the four opted to share two of the pudding taster platters which offered portions of Belgian chocolate brownie, Melba mallow mess, vanilla creme brûlée and warm apple pie.
When the platters arrived the group were about to scoff their puds when they realised the brûlée had been replaced by a slice of chocolate cake.
And when Mr Moxon asked a waitress at the Golden Ball pub in Whiston, Rotherham, what had happened to his favourite French pudding he was told it was off the menu because it was a fire hazard.
Creme brûlée is my favourite dessert
Diner Pete Moxon
Said shocked Mr Moxon, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire: “I asked her politely what had happened to the creme brûlée and she said ‘We're not allowed to serve it now for health and safety reasons'.
“I laughed because I thought they had just run out of the dessert and she was having a joke. But when I said 'you're joking' she said 'no it's true, it's because you have to use a blow torch to make them.
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“I wasn't complaining because the food was fine but it just sounded ridiculous. I still don't really know if they had just run out and she was having a laugh.
“Creme brûlée is my favourite dessert and when it's on the menu I often opt for it .Nobody has ever mentioned any health and safety issue before.”
On their online menu Vintage Inns, which owns the Golden Ball, along with nearly 200 pub restaurants around the country still offer creme brûlée with butter biscuits as a dessert option and on their taster dessert menu.
They were told the item was off the menu because it is cooked using a blow torch
A spokesman for the Golden Ball confirmed: “A blow torch is used to caramelise the sugary top and for health and safety reasons we have been informed by head office that we can no longer serve creme brûlée because of the issue of a naked flame.”
* Two years ago British Bake off judge Mary Berry was criticised when contestants were told to produce the perfect brulee .
She said that not everyone had a blow torch in their kitchen and should caramelise the pudding under a grill , a practice that many top chefs said would ruin the dish.