PM pops in for pub grub treat

Maria Chatterton, Chef Alec Courtnage, Jessica Illingworth and Emma Bell at The Bell and Bottle Pub in Kirkham which David Cameron visited for lunch.

Maria Chatterton, Chef Alec Courtnage, Jessica Illingworth and Emma Bell at The Bell and Bottle Pub in Kirkham which David Cameron visited for lunch.

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Staff at one Fylde pub could not believe their eyes when David Cameron walked through the door.

The Prime Minister popped into the Bell and Bottle in Newton, near Kirkham, following a visit to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

He had been in the resort to set out the Government’s commitment to raising standards in the NHS.

And the Conservative leader obviously worked up an appetite – ordering a chicken and bacon salad at the Blackpool Road eatery.

The visit will now go down in history for staff at the Fylde coast pub.

Manager, Emma Bell, said: “It was fantastic he came in here for lunch, we couldn’t believe it when he walked in.

“I recognised him straight away but despite being the Prime Minister, he behaved like an ordinary bloke.

“He ordered his lunch and a soft drink and stayed for about 40 minutes, it was brilliant.

“I’m so proud that he came into the Bell and Bottle, just to pop into a local pub is amazing. You would expect him to have had a lunch prepared, it’s nice he supported the area.

Mrs Bell described the Prime Minister as ‘really friendly’ and ‘polite’

She said: “He was so well mannered, he thanked us for the service and said he had really enjoyed his meal.

“He spoke to other customers and told one couple to enjoy their meal, it was really surreal but good fun.

“My staff did really well,

“I think we were a bit star struck.”

Mr Cameron was in the resort to set out the Government’s commitment to raising standards in the NHS.

He wants to reduce the burden of paperwork and free up nurses so they can carry out hourly rounds and spend more time at patients’ bedsides, while installing strong leadership in the form of matrons or ward managers.

Residents will also be able to carry out their own ward inspections and publish their results.