THE absence of steak on the Wetherspoon steak night menu was the result of a precautionary measure due to mislabelling, the chain's supplier has said.

Wetherspoon customers were left disappointed when the pub company appeared to have pulled the meat from its menu on steak night.

In a statement, supplier Russell Hume said: "The product recall was a precautionary measure because of mislabelling.

"We have no reason to believe that the product was unsafe to eat".

Wetherspoon said the recall meant there might be some unavailability for the next few days.

It added that alternatives in the steak club menu included pork ribs and quinoa salad with halloumi.

Many customers took to social media to vent their frustrations. 

Another added: ""How can you offer halloumi as an alternative to a steak on Steak Night!?"

Wetherspoon apologised to customers 'for the inconvenience'.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We have had a supply issue with our pubs.

"Currently rump steak, sirloin steak and gammon steak are not available, but we hope to resolve this soon."

On its website Wetherspoon describes its steaks as being matured for 35 days.

Explaining its Tuesday steak club special offer, it says: "The beef for our steaks is supplied directly through farm-assured schemes, meaning that cuts have full traceability and that exacting welfare standards have been met.

"We're proud to carry the Quality Standard Mark, a symbol of our farmers' adherence to standards higher than those required by law."