A West Country caterer that was reported to have been dumped by local councillors after allegedly charging £18 for a bowl of peanuts has denied the claims and launched legal action.
Crown Catering was axed by Trowbridge councillors as sole caterer at the town's civic centre after complaints last month about the expense, according to www.thisisbath.co.uk.
A local college had hired a room at the centre and paid £240 for snacks, but it claims just a few bowls of nuts and crisps were made available.
The college complained that the "catering" came to £18 a bowl of nuts.
The town council group that runs the civic centre met to discuss the complaint, after which it was announced that Crown Catering's six-month trial period as sole caterer would not continue.
However, a Crown Catering employee told Caterer and Hotelkeeper that the allegations were "completely untrue".
She said that the firm's solicitors had been instructed, but would not say which party faced legal action from the caterer.
Crown Catering's founders, husband and wife team Darren and Rebecca Gadd, were unavailable for comment.
The firm will still honour events already booked for next year, but will no longer be the centre's only caterers.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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