LONDON – An Italian restaurant in Cambridge, United Kingdom, has been accused of racism and Islamophobia after allegedly refusing to serve famous Pakistani actress and philanthropist Nadia Jamil and her father.

Jamil who believes racism was the reason she was refused to eat in hotel Don Pascuale took to Twitter to share her ‘shocking’ experience with her fans and followers.

“1st racist encounter in England. #DonPascual Italian restaurant in Main Market Square refused 2 serve Aba & me & asked us 2 leave,” she wrote.

“His beard,” she added suggesting religious prejudice as the reason. “They refused to give us menus. I picked it up myself. Man says we will not serve you! Go in get self served! I asked why. Annoying people he answered.

However, hours later, the Italian restaurant issued a statement, denying the allegations made by Nadia Jamil.

Replying to her tweet, the Twitter handle of the restaurant denied there was any directive from management to deny people entry based on their race.

It also completely rejected any claims of racism.

Persistent, Jamil replied to the hotel’s Twitter handle saying that more insult was added to their injury by snatching the menu and verbally thrashing them.

Her tweets caused an outrage on social media where angry fans and activists called for the Italian restaurant to clarify the situation.

Many users including journalists and politicians were appalled and even expressed their reservations regarding the authenticity of the story:

Shouldn’t complain as we Pakistanis are the most racist of all, we have classes, casts sects and God knows what to negate quran’s teaching

— Imran Ahmed (@ImranInc) August 21, 2017