Nandos has been savaged over a painting in one of its restaurants depicting four black people in a toaster.

The painting at a Nandos in Birmingham, UK depicts four black people in tatty clothing standing inside a toaster.

A black customer was appalled and said the painting dehumanised black people and directly messaged Nando's UK CEO Colin Hill on LinkedIn.

Mr Hill apologised for the painting, and confirmed it had been taken down from the wall in the branch in Perry Barr. 

But the customer has criticised Mr Hill's response as 'standard' and has accused him of 'failing to take this serious issue seriously'.

'It shows four people of colour who would have been historically subject to degradation and hardship in an implement - here, a toaster - used to cook or burn bread. To me, it's akin to hanging a picture of someone in an oven or being chopped up. It's completely dehumanising people of colour.

'If it's an apartheid era piece of work, it is shocking they would hang it in a South African-style food chain. It's an absolute disgrace that in this day and age, a painting like that can appear in as popular a food chain in modern Britain as Nando's.

'As a black man, I think this is completely unacceptable, weird, and deeply offensive.

'It's one thing taking it down, but it's another thing to make it clear to shocked customers that they won't make similar oversights in future again.

'I don't feel like his [Colin Hill's] response was reassuring. To me it felt quite distant, quite stock - a typical standard note of apology.