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Diners sign Christmas pud waiver

Christmas pudding
Some of the puddings contained silver charms

A central London restaurant has insisted that diners sign an indemnity form before eating Christmas puddings, some of which contained silver pieces.

Some 350 diners at High Timber signed the waiver before eating the desserts, which contained silver charms.

It read: "I absolve High Timber from blame should I come to harm including a chipped tooth, or any injury as a result of swallowing it."

Restaurant owner Neleen Strauss said it had "created a bit of a stir".

She said: "I thought it was going to be a pain but decided to do it to cover my backside.

"We're based in the City so a lot of my customers are lawyers and they suggested it.

"It is a bit crazy but I decided to take their advice."

The silver pieces were worth between £15 and £95 and four out of every 30 puddings contained a charm.

Numerous customers saw the funny side and took their indemnity forms with them after eating, the owner said.

None of the diners came to harm.

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