A CHEF was left feeling queasy after drinking a dodgy batch of cider which looked like muddy puddle water.

Stuart Houlding, from Lexden, bought two four-packs of Taurus cider from Aldi in London Road, Lexden.

The cider, which costs £1.89 for a pack of four, is the budget supermarket’s version of the brew.

Stuart said he had already drunk a couple of cans from the pack while preparing a meal, before realising he could feel bits in his mouth.

It was only when he poured another can into a glass he could see the dirty, sediment-filled liquid.

He said: “I had two out of one pack.

“As I was cooking I was tasting the food so I just thought it was the bits of food I could feel in my mouth.

“After I stopped cooking I realised there were bits in my drink so I took out a can from the other pack and poured it into a glass.

“It didn’t taste off, it was just really bitty.

“There was three quarters of an inch of sediment in the bottom of the glass, as if it hadn’t been filtered.

“It looked more like an espresso with sprinkles on top.”

Stuart said he still has the rest of the cans unopened at home.

For comparison, he bought a pack of Strongbow cider and the colour difference was noticeable.

He said: “It made me feel really sick. I emailed customer services and they have offered me a £10 voucher.

“The first thing they asked me was for the date on the cans, but they don’t go out

of date until February 26, 2020.”

An Aldi spokesman apologised to Stuart but said the cider was not dangerous.

He said: “The discolouration in this product has been caused by one of the ingredients not fully dissolving and isn’t harmful if consumed.

“We have apologised to Mr Houlding as this product did not meet our usual high standards and have provided a refund.”