Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lunch With Basil Fawlty.

Today's pre-planned entertainment was lunch with Basil, Sybil Fawlty and Manuel, the main characters of the now legendary 1970's comedy series Fawlty Towers.

Unfamiliar with the original series? Watch here: Fawlty Towers Best Moments.

The London dining experience we attended today was at the Amba Hotel on the Strand, and laid on courtesy of:

What a hilarious experience it was. On arrival, we bought drinks and waited for Mr. Fawlty to show us to our tables. The action began as soon as everyone was seated. The table settings were all wrong, I had two forks while Margaret had both knives. And then all the old punchlines started to arrive one after the other, with Manuel misunderstanding his every instruction.

Just as we were about to start our soup Sybil rushed out of the kitchen to announce that "chef has misplaced something of importance, please could you each investigate your bowl", at which two individuals discovered one half of chef's false teeth in the bottom of their dish. Of course Basil offered to exchange them, but had to apologise as there was no soup left, until Sybil intervened with "I will ask chef to open another tin".

At the end of the first course Manuel arrived at the table with an instruction from Mrs. Fawlty to collect the dishes (which were all mismatched crockery). He took this literally and tossed each spoon out of the dish into the centre of the table before stacking the dishes in a huge pile. He did everything a normal lunch waiter in a hotel restaurant should not do, and of course the audience loved it, becoming part of the play.

As the meal went on various famous scenes from the original TV series were acted out, including Manuel's lost pet rat Basil, and "don't mention the war", finishing with Basil's funny walk to rapturous applause. An American couple took a huge mocking in good spirit and gave back as much as they had to take.

What an enjoyable afternoon. Interactive theatre based on a popular theme, combined with quite a reasonable 4 course lunch, even though service was a little unconventional at times!

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