July 31st, 2014

Bye Bye Blue Boar: Intercontinental OUT of Westminster

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After opening with much fanfare in late 2012, the Intercontinental Hotel in Westminster attempted to establish itself as the place to be for politcos. After some initial success it’s now full of lobbyists eating overpriced food and looking over their shoulder in case someone interesting passes through, which is a rarity these days. Well, Guido hears the Intercontinental group have had enough and are throwing in the towel…

Hilton will be taking over the running of things, and the plan is that it will become a Conrad branded venture. Guido’s advice would be sort out the Blue Boar. It’s dark, soul-less and the food is not up scratch for that price. The wine list is expensive and so dull, and the service has become sloppy. Lighten it all up a bit; gut the entire bar and restaurant and then start again. Aim a little lower in price and who knows… it might work. All change at the end of August. See ya.


86 Comments

  1. 1
    The Gravy Train says:

    It ISN”T Expensive enough.

  2. 2
    concrete pump says:

    Guido wants to turn it into a Wetherspoons.

  3. 3
    Will says:

    The problem with these places round the Westminster village is that it is mostly expense accounts or politicians or civil servants claiming expenses so no real incentive to change things quickly if it goes wrong or improve

  4. 4
    Ed Twelvety Balls says:

    Not expensive? Wait until I become chancellor, the spending spree I have in mind for the state will make your eyes water!

    Counting the days until the next election… eleventeen to go, isn’t it?

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Ideal for conversion to small simple one person flats for MP’s to use as their second homes..
    Think of the money we,d save.

  6. 6
    Willy Hague says:

    It is so expensive I often room share.

  7. 7
    Scampi Flaps says:

    Why not change it to fit in with what the rest of London has become? Make it a bookies, a Poundland and a dirty fucking fried chicken shop where the “imported” staff can run a number of profitable side lines in ecstasy tabs and finger fucking the local working class schoolgirls.

  8. 8
    Tory Bare! says:

    They used to do a decent Steak in the early days – sad to say goodbye so soon…

  9. 9

    Fillet peppersteak with croquets here for under £12! Beautiful meat too – really tasty – no gristle at all!

    Litre of wine £4.

    I would not go to any of these places round Westminster now. They don’t know what quality is but, by gum they do know how to charge for the lack of it!

    Vote UKIP :-D

  10. 10
    David Cameron says:

    The Blue Bore !!

    Which one?

  11. 11
    John Prescott says:

    Croquets !

    Love the game.

  12. 12
    The Establishment Rules OK says:

    ‘Blue Boar’ is an anagram of ‘ebola rub’.

  13. 13
    bergen says:

    I think the bar should be handed over to this blog’s regular poster “Yvonne from the Colliers Arms, Clydach”.

  14. 14

    I feel so mashed. :-)

    Vote UKIP Fatty! :-D

  15. 15

    On your Marx…

    Vote UKIP :-D

  16. 16
    Pon Snow says:

  17. 17
    Globetrotter says:

    Expensive!

    I’ve had dinner for two for 14 euros in Crete (litre of beer, litre of wine, free starters, main course, free dessert).
    Similar for 15 euros in Portugal, but without the freebies.

    Oh, and wine in Britain. It’s always highly overpticed, so make sure you deduct it from the bill total before calcul;ating your tip. Tell the waiter what you’ve done.

  18. 18
    Cathy Doris Newman says:

    Sexist

  19. 19
    jimmy says:

    2014 and righties still making homophobic slurs

  20. 20
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

    15,000 crack troops ? Yup, I can do that lot in a night. *innocent face*

  21. 21
    Vote Ukip, Get Labour says:

    The country cannot afford the luxury of voting Ukip while Labour are unrepentant and waiting in the wings. Vote to stop Labour instead.

  22. 22

    Whereas the Colliers Arms, Clydach does actually exist, you will probably find that Yvonne is actually Youssef from Colliers Wood.

    Mind you, they do have a croquet green there…

    Vote UKIP :-D

  23. 23
    Vote Ukip, Get Labour says:

    Farage likes Putin though, doesn’t he? Vote to stop Labour instead.

  24. 24
    Too lisa says:

    Who is supplying the crack?

  25. 25

    Vote UKIP get UKIP :-)

    Vote UKIP :-D

  26. 26
    Owen Jones says:

    Sounds nice, what’s the recipe?

  27. 27
    albacore says:

    What, even with Parliament’s unbounded expenses
    And gourmand’s appetite to satisfy its senses
    An hotel, these days, can’t make a hell of a packet
    Catering to the whims of the Westminster racket?

  28. 28
    Michael Doucher says:

  29. 29
    Borat says:

    You need help

  30. 30
    Borat says:

    Why do people call you Doris?

  31. 31

    Crete is rather further to dr!ve. Love it as I do.

    ψηφίζω UKIP :-D

  32. 32
    An MP says:

    I haven’t paid anything for a meal out. EVER

  33. 33
    M Oaten says:

    Nothing wrong with that Willy, considering the price of rent boys and coffee tables these days one must cut ones cloth accordingly. Speaking of cloth one of the boys is touching again… I must dash, see you on the other side.

  34. 34

    Ed Milliband’s inner-circle is crap!

    Vote UKIP :-D

  35. 35
    Rev Flowers the Crystal Methodist says:

    Why’s everyone looking at me?

  36. 36
    M Oaten says:

    Keep talking.

  37. 37
    Paniagua says:

    The inner sanctum sphincter so to speak.

  38. 38
    dai troughing says:

    ‘the place to be for politicos’ – you claim the hotel’s owners claimed

    certainly they should not be in parliament

  39. 39
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Didn’t Dugher swan off to Israel earlier this year – one wonders what for and what kind of training that the Marxist 5hit went to Marxistland for?

  40. 40
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Ebola and Bubonic Plauge coming to Guy News Room.

  41. 41
    concrete pump says:

    Israel is Marxist is it..?

  42. 42

    Lots of people ‘liked’ P’utin before MH17.

    One should not confuse like with respect, and perhaps wait and see how that position has changed.

    Seems that the C’onservatives still like him enough to continue taking his money, and keep that which he has already one way or another given.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  43. 43
    Birmingham City Council Dept. for Education says:

    When Britain becomes an Islamic state (inshallah) it will become a mosque.

  44. 44

    Whoops…

    Vote UKIP :-D

  45. 45
    Birmingham City Council Dept. for Education says:

    As we teach our children, homosexuals are Satanic beasts.

    You are racist if you speak out against us.

  46. 46
    Paniagua says:

    To be fair any agency can (and would) fake EXIF data.

    Who do you trust?

  47. 47
    Harriet Harperson says:

    The PIE is not much good though.

  48. 48
    Blowing Chunks says:

    Speak in riddles, I do.

    Bollox talk I do.

  49. 49
    Jon Snow, Channel 4 News says:

    The Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) both cruelly illustrate the dangers of neoliberal Western hyper-capitalism run rampant.

  50. 50
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Those kibbutz’s serve a dual purpose don’t you know?

  51. 51

    Instagram pulls the data from the device, not from the EXIF on the photo.

    One perhaps should compare the EXIF against what Instagram claims.

    The is the kind of OpSec mistake which can easily slip through the net – one should perhaps be looking more closely at the guy involved as it seems to be a one off.

    All it takes is the security settings to be set not quite right and you’re outed.

    Trust the report on this, but they may have had a nudge in the right direction. ;-)

    Vote UKIP :-D

  52. 52
    EUSSR is flexing its muscles says:

    “Russia has 15,000 crack troops on the Ukrainian border”. Silly man doesn’t he know that the EU only wants to annex the Ukrain.

  53. 53
    Guido says:

    One simply can’t find the staff these days. They are such frightful little oiks at the Blue Boar and most of them foreign, so that one has to bellow at them to be understood. The last time I dined there, the vichyssoise was absolutely stone cold and the beef was practically raw. Can’t even get a decent claret under twenty quid. Country’s going to dogs and then the damned impertinent fellow wanted a tip!

  54. 54
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

  55. 55
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Theresa May in a pickle about the Butler-Sloss in/out appointment …

    Does she answer her post ever unless of course …?

  56. 56
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    You could probably get into the judges’ dining quarters at the RCJ – as for the plebs eating quarters … filthy and overpriced.

  57. 57

    This is our LAST TERRITORIAL DEMAND IN EUROPE!! Historically, Donetsk has ALWAYS BEEN PART OF THE MOTHERLAND!!!

  58. 58
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Could change the name to The Blue Bore.

  59. 59
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Well, what do you expect from a service area on the M1?

  60. 60
    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    Here’s a bit from of the bumbling class war oaf’s Wikie biog “Dobson has been criticised for hypocrisy for saying he was against Post Office closures, then voting for them in Parliament.[5]

    In the expenses scandal, he strongly supported the Speaker of the House in his attempts to block exposure of expenses – arguing he was merely being scapegoated (for instance on Radio 4, 10am, 16 May 2009). He also supported the Speaker in allowing a warrant-less search of the offices of a member of parliament, Damian Green.[6]”

    This, may I remind everyone is another labour grammer school boy, who has a pile in Yorkshire yet lives in a coundil flat while taking a six figure wage from the hard working tax payers.

    The man is labour scum through and through.

  61. 61

    I’m going to have a 99-year nap now, so that I can read the report of the Chillcot Whitewash when I awake, possibly.

  62. 62

    B’en-G’urion who founded the state was very much influenced by L’enin and apart from heading the W’orld Z’ionist O’rganization, became !srael’s first P’rime M’inister in 1949 after the 1948 A’rab-!sraeli war.

    G’urion was a member of the center left M’apai party, which later became !srael’s L’abor party.

    The philosophy of L’abor-Z’ionism is what !srael was founded on and remain strong politically in the State to date.

    One should understand that Z’ionism is primarily a n’ationalist ideology so one can conclude that N’ational S’ocialist thought influences !sraeli political thinking, but it is very important to not make the crass association of that with the lunacy that was adopted by the NSDAP.

    So, there is some M’arx in there, but much more L’enin. Today is different in practice, but the influences from the founding days are still strong. The N’ationalist element is clearly still visible, but under B’ibi the politics are further to the right than normal.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  63. 63

    Finally some reality based analysis on !srael-P’alestine: (m’od b’ot permitting)

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/ENCOUNTERING-PEACE-Observations-and-questions-War-Gaza-defeat-and-victory-369489

    Essentially points out the folly of assuming that military power alone can effect lasting change. C’lausewitz for one would perhaps be marking both sides an F at present.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  64. 64
    Hear All See All says:

    Nah !
    I’ll stick with my principles & vote UKIP.

  65. 65

    How to lose friends, and make people nervous about their flight…

    If only the D’aily M’ail did a periodical also.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  66. 66
    Owen Jones says:

    Not that type of crack you homophobe!

  67. 67
    David Ward says:

    It’s all the joos fault

  68. 68

    Didn t we already have Artillery Mansions for that ?

    Patrntly didn t work so why should this ? .

    They want their OWN second house so they can flip !!!

  69. 69

    Are you Norwegian ? — if so take Randy Toxik back with you on your next trip and tie her to a fjord so she never comes back !!

  70. 70
    Jack Ketch says:

    I thought that she was from Lesbos.

  71. 71
    concrete pump says:

    Talking about the ‘is’ not ‘was’.

  72. 72
    ed milliband/nick clegg/david cameron says:

    I hope weatherspoons buys it

  73. 73

    Same here. The point is that the left influences are very much still present and strong today as they were at the founding.

    So despite the current government and image there is still a strong left influence in the politics, institutions and academic circles of !srael to this day – which is counter-intuitive given B’ibi’s premiership.

    Among !srael’s younger generation this is important. Many of them are caught between the n’ationalist urge to react, and the strong demand for peace opposite to what their government is doing in order to protect them.

    The recent events will have a bigger effect on !srael than many realize in the medium term, and those effects should be positive.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  74. 74

    If the Tory’s ever get control it will be a ‘Pink Gay Bar’
    with cheap rooms over!

  75. 75
    bergen says:

    I recall it from when I worked in the area-it was a little to the North on the road to Brecon.

  76. 76
    Francis says:

    Work opposite in Tothill Street. The Blue Boar’s not very good, I agree. I guess I’m not the target market but it really has nothing to offer that other places in the area don’t do better.

  77. 77
    Great Expectations says:

    Tonight I will not be dining at the Blue Boar, I will be dining with a lady.

  78. 78

    Good riddance. Its a horrible place

  79. 79
    SS says:

    Had a nice night there with
    Jeremy Hunt,
    DR Gorgeous,
    Sarah Wolaston,
    + some others,
    Chinese woman said she no marry a Chinaman, me marry a western man, Chinaman have small Dick , not like you, you marry me, me love you long time.
    That is how the conversation went.
    Great B.J.
    100/100

  80. 80

    I have actually been into the next pub up for lunch! The one at the junction. I would not like to mention the year as Boris was probably not even around then.

  81. 81
    Fu Man Chu says:

    I would leave it at hes a typical MP,

  82. 82
    The wizz says:

    Who does he want to fight? If it’s NATO he might be in for a sharp reminder, as in enough is enough.

  83. 83
    The wizz says:

    I have been voting UKIP for the last six years, and yes I am a member.

  84. 84
    The Laughing Halibut says:

    Forget the poncy Intercontinental and head down Strutton Ground for a sit-down fish supper and a cuppa tea for under a tenner.

  85. 85
    Mr Polski says:

    Don’t waste your dosh at the Intercontinental Westminster. Apart from the scumbag clientele, the one in Warsaw is fabulous and weekend B&B can be £60 or so on Trivago with a harpist playing at breakfast. Your money goes very far in Poland, which explains why most of the inhabitants are over here.

  86. 86
    Robbo says:

    From inside the Beltway


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