Guido Forks Investigates: Leon’s “Does you Good” Food

This morning the Government secured Henry Dimbleby, the founder of the Leon restaurant chain, as the big hitting voice to unveil the first part of their new “National Food Strategy”, calling obesity a “national emergency we can no longer afford to ignore”. Dimbleby came out swinging against evil obesity creators, particularly singling out M&S for “genuinely misleading” customers over their Percy Pig sweets. Which, as it turns out, contain no pork whatsoever…

Dimbleby claimed he picked on M&S “because they have integrity as one of their values”. Another company that values integrity is Dimbleby’s own Leon food chain, who promise “Naturally Fast Food that tastes good, does you good and is kind to the planet”. If the Government is intent on taking aim against misleading nutritional information they may want to turn their attention to the Leon – whose menu is often significantly more calorific than, for example, their counterparts at McDonald’s…

The nannying CEO told the audience, “one of the most egregious sins of the modern food industry is its habit of clothing itself, and its products, in false virtue.” Quite…

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Westminster Greggs Opening Again

Two years after the grand opening of Westminster station’s Greggs bakery, the long-hibernating politicos favourite has finally opened its doors once more. From this morning Westminster workers can pop down and grab themselves a bacon and cheese wrap or a vegan sausage roll if they happen to be a socialist. DWP Secretary Therese Coffey has already told the world of her team’s delight at the news. Guido hopes to see The Times’ Grant Tucker back swiftly to celebrate the shop’s second official opening…

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Westminster Pubs to Begin Re-Opening in Five Weeks

Leading Oxford scientist in theoretical epidemiology, Professor Sunetra Gupta, has told UnHerd that pubs and restaurants could reopen tomorrow without posing a threat of a second wave of Coronavirus. If ‘Independent SAGE‘ had put more scientist like Gupta in their group, Guido might have been more supportive of their recommendations…

Similarly getting Guido’s hopes up are the British Beer & Pubs Association who announced the UK has 27,000 pub beer gardens that could re-open with physical distancing measures from July 4th.  The BBPA has also lobbied for the government to ditch the two-metre social distancing rule as it would make it “very difficult” for the remainder of pubs without gardens to operate, citing the WHO’s advice of only imposing one-metre distancing.

Drinking holes in Westminster may, therefore, remain thin on the ground if SAGE continues enforcing the two-metre rule, with only Colonies in St James’s having anything resembling a beer garden. Presumably, the Commons will err on the side of caution and refuse to make use of the terrace to allow Strangers to re-open…

Fullers, the owners of the Red Lion, has been at the forefront of the push to relax social distancing rules, with the CEO telling the FT that a one-metre rule would allow four times as many customers. Hopefully use of the side road will allow the Red Lion to host more customers…

Greene King, owners of the Two Chairmen and Colonies; and Mitchells & Butlers, the owners of The Marquis of Granby, have both been reported struggling due to lockdown, both from loss of custom and having to cover 90% of tenant’s rent

Sadly, the CEO of Young’s – the owner of The Clarence on Whitehall – has said he is not aiming for resumption until August, and then only on a limited basis. Disappointed SpAds and Civil Servants won’t have to walk far, however, as Lord Moon of the Mall opposite has set out a very confident roadmap to re-opening in early July; with £11 million being invested in PPE for staff, safety screens at bars, screens around seating areas and 10 hand sanitiser units per pub. Britain will have to wait for all this to blow over before going to the Winchester and having a pint…

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Parliament Hikes Food and Drink Prices Above Inflation

Parliamentary staffers were in for a nasty April Fools surprise yesterday as Commons catering prices rose by a whopping 2.7%. The change affects cafeterias, dining rooms, and worst of all, bars. Sadly for everyone on the estate this isn’t a joke…

Suspiciously, 2.7% is exactly how much MPs’ pay is rising this year, whereas staff budgets are rising by just 1.5%– below the 1.9% inflation rate of February. This means MPs won’t be hit by this but staffers will. Good to see Parliament looking after hard done by MPs who only earn a mere £50,000 above the national average, plus generous expenses…

Guido has long thought that Parliament shouldn’t be centrally determining the prices of food and drink in the Commons, and should let commercial chains operate within the estate. Let them be free to choose between Greggs, Leon, McDonalds, Pret, Whetherspoons… 

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10 Great Brexit Sandwiches Global Britain Can Enjoy After No Deal

The BBC is running a story today claiming there is a “Brexit threat to sandwiches” and that you won’t be able to eat your favourite sarnie in the event of a no deal Brexit. This is surely approaching peak BBC / Remoaner scaremongering. Just think of all the great Brexit sandwiches we will be able to enjoy made from delicious British produce and ingredients imported via new trade deals with the friends of Global Britain.

  • British BLT
  • New Zealand lamb and Colman’s mint sauce made from British grown mint
  • Scottish tuna and cucumber
  • Bread and dripping
  • American cheeseburger from Trump steaks
  • Australian Vegemite sandwich
  • Canadian maple syrup, bacon and grilled cheese
  • Israeli falafel, hummus and tahini in pita
  • Argentinian steak with British Colman’s mustard
  • Russian smoked salmon and caviar

No deal would escape the regulatory clutches of Brussels, leaving Britons free to eat produce from all over the world, unlike Theresa May’s agri-foods rule-taking at Chequers. And no more contaminated Dutch egg and cress…

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Greggs Westminster Opening this Friday

We’ll be at the front of the queue this Friday…

UPDATE: To those in the comments who ask can politicians get pies on expenses:

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