65 – 67 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9QY
Combining my geek-love for both food and politics in one fell swoop, tonight I headed over to the Parliamentary Waffle House – run by Bompas and Parr between now and the election – for a silly but jolly enjoyable dinner. Presumably they decided to serve waffles to reflect all that pontificating and chatter enimating from those ivory towers in Westminster. Well it worked.
Decked out like the Commons with tiered green-checked benches on either side of the room, with a political ding-dong ping-pong-table and a huge telly showing clips of infamous moments (like Boris Johnson rugby tackling another player during a football match, Mandelson ballroom dancing like a pro and Prezza’s two jabs on an unsuspecting egg-thrower on the campaign trail…) you are asked to order a Conservative, Labour or LibDem waffle and you’re served Blueberries, Strawberries or Bananas depending on your political persuasion.
I also ordered a couple of glasses of the Prescott Punch which was as tasty as Daily Express headlines are bonkers. You’re given paper hats with different colours and you can head over to their ballot box and cast your vote. As of this evening it seemed London was gripped by Cleggmania as his party had about twice the other two combined! The waffles happen to be delicious – and shaped like a little portcullis which is adorable – and if you buy a ticket online the meal-deal will only set you back a fiver. This is a place constructed and sustained with charm and enthusiasm, I loved it.