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Slice of Fawlty Towers actors clowning it up


alternative evening out for a highly entertaining variation on a normal restaurant meal. Perhaps best to go in a group. To get the best enjoyment. The next ‘performance’ at Bangers is on August 22nd and then on October 10th. As Bangers manager Julian Dove says - “A Slice of Fawlty Towers is always a sell- out at Bangers and the customers always rave about their evening. We love having the Fawlty Towers crew running our restaurant for the evening.” As to the food Bangers provided a set


The Fawlty Towers evening at Bangers – ‘Manuel’ serving and ‘Sybil’ talking to diners in the rear.


the Fawlty-themed event was taking place and, indeed the bar was open to all so when the actors playing Basil, Sybil and Manuel arrived to start inflicting their mayhem on all and sundry drinking at the bar there were obviously a number present who were initially bemused – particularly as the bombastic Basil made his appearance, while about half those drinking there were, indeed fully aware of what was happening. But Fawlty Towers is so well known that all pretty quickly fell into the swing of things and joined in the fun as the participants introduced themselves in their Fawlty Towers roles. As The Cut Productions’ founder Steve Arber says, this often generates new business as people who have encountered the Fawlty trio in the bar often book up for future events. (Steve is a self- confessed non-actor and although he does play a part in the proceedings it is very brief – and non-speaking – as Chef.) However, the main part of the evening takes place in the restaurant section, where the ‘guests’ will have pre-


ordered their meals from a reasonably- priced three-course set menu (at £44.95 a head at Bangers). They are led to their individual tables by Manuel in a suitably chaotic manner and when all seated the main event takes place. One has to say that the service is


actually probably better, and more accurate, than in the fictional TV show despite being undertaken by Basil, Manuel and a member of the Bangers staff – while Sybil files her nails, talks on the telephone and adds


caustic


comments into the proceedings. The entertainment does involve a


certain amount of relatively passive participation by the diners and is partly scripted revolving around some events from the TV series (Manuel’s Siberian Hamster for example) but is mostly ad- libbed by the amusing trio of actors and, indeed, by some of the diners joining in. Those participating certainly seemed to all be enjoying with much laughter flowing. A slice of Fawlty Towers at Bangers is certainly worth considering as an


menu for the event with three choices for each course – including vegetarian options. While perhaps not gourmet eating the selection on offer was excellent for a group event, well prepared and, as mentioned above service was actually pretty good belying the Fawlty tradition. Bangers is, as mentioned above, a


Davy’s group wine bar and restaurant and at normal times offers reasonable but restricted menu


for diners. The


specialities are steaks with meat from award winning butcher, Donald Russell – mostly at around the £20-25 mark – up to a half kilo chateaubriand for two at £59.95. Other mains run from £11.50 to £18.50, starters from £5.65 to £9.50 while desserts are mostly around the £5 mark. Bangers


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Wilson Stree – Tel: 0207 377 6326 New openings – reopening


he Smithfield area now has a new Polpo restaurant – the third of these Venetian style bacaro


restaurants – serving small plates almost tapas style - from Russell Norman. This opened in late July replacing La Cucina Italia at 3 Cowcross Street – next door to Attllio’s, another small friendly Italian eatery popular with Barbican residents. The original Polpo in Soho and the second one near Covent Garden have been extremely popular and one expects the Farringdon one, being in a lively area, will follow suit. We hope to review this in more detail in a future issue. Also ‘new’ following an accident to


the previous owner (who is apparently recovering well) is a refurbished Venezia on Goswell Road – also popular with some Barbican residents by virtue of its proximity to John Trundle Court – just across the road give or take 50 yards. It is one of the less costly eating places around and looks inviting with the new decor. Again we hope to review the restaurant in a future issue.


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