- Steve Mitchell, 45, stunned to find KFC in Derby does not serve bacon
- Forced to drive his family four miles to find a non-halal KFC restaurant
- He said: 'I'm disgusted that we couldn't get the fast food we requested in the first restaurant and even more disgusted that I had to drive the extra miles to get the meal'
- The fast food chain confirms branch is 'only halal restaurant in the area'
A father who took his family out for a KFC meal was left 'disgusted' when a halal-only branch refused to serve him a BBQ Bacon Box deal.
Steve Mitchell, 45, was left furious when he had to drive an extra four miles to another branch of the fast food restaurant.
He had travelled to the KFC in Derby for a 'treat night' on Saturday after his daughter Chelsea, 18, spotted an advert for a BBQ Bacon Boss Box Meal.
But he was stunned when he was told the meal was not available due to the Foresters Park branch being halal-only and did not serve bacon.
Instead he had to drive 15 minutes to another KFC restaurant in nearby Wyvern, where he could finally purchase the £5.99 box meal.
Mr Mitchell, from Derby, said: 'I'm disgusted that we couldn't get the fast food we requested in the first restaurant and even more disgusted that I had to drive the extra miles to get the meal.
'I don't recall seeing anything advertising that the Foresters Park site wasn't serving this meal due to halal beliefs.
'On the way to the site from Spider Island, down Osmaston Park Road, there is even a huge poster on the side of a bus stop advertising the [bacon box] meal.'
KFC made some of its restaurants halal only - food suitable for Muslims - in 2009.
The chain said that the branch at Foresters Park was its only Derbyshire branch that had the restricted menu.
A KFC spokesman said: 'We have ensured that an alternative non-halal restaurant is nearby to satisfy all of our fans.
'The Derby Foresters Park KFC is the only halal restaurant in the area, and the nearest non-halal restaurant is two miles away at the Derby Intu centre.'
On its website, KFC says that to be halal accredited, its restaurants have to serve meat from birds and animals that are 'not dead prior to slaughter'.
The statement says that, due to 'strict animal welfare standards', all poultry is stunned before slaughter.
Halal requires that a verse from the koran is read by an appropriate person at the time of slaughter.
The statement adds: 'We have worked with the Halal Food Authority (HFA) to understand the requirements involved in supplying and producing halal-approved products.
'We are delighted that the HFA have certified KFC's products.'