‘No fish for me, thanks,’ - Robson makes Toast of jacket spud

Robson Green, who popped into Toast in Corporation Street in Blackpool
Robson Green, who popped into Toast in Corporation Street in Blackpool
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Robson Green has spent the last three years heading to places like Zambia, Senegal, Panama and The Maldives as part of a fishing show.

But forget all those countries - the 48-year-old came to the most exotic place of all the other day ... mighty Blackpool.

The star of Channel 5’s Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, which sees the actor travel the globe in an attempt to reel in huge fish, popped into Toast on Corporation Street for a bite – no pun intended – to eat.

For those Robson Green obsessives who wish to know what food he likes, the lad steered clear of fish (hardly a surprise, it would feel too much like the day job), ordering a jacket spud with chilli and a chicken breast on the side.

“He was in the resort because he was filming a new show about the north of England,” said Toast’s head chef Paul Horridge, who wasted no time asking his star customer a question or three.

“He said someone had recommended he try our cafe-bar while he was in the resort. He asked how long we’d been open and said he really liked the place and loved the food. We told him we’d just opened a new Toast restaurant-bar in St Annes, which he said he’d visit when he comes back to do more filming.”

Green made his name in Casualty and Soldier Soldier, then became a bona fide pop star when his Unchained Melody duet with Jermone Flynn sold 1.9 million copies and went to number one for seven weeks (what were the British public thinking of?)

He also appeared in the latest series of Sky 1’s comedy Mount Pleasant, alongside Lytham St Annes-based comedian Bobby Ball.

* This won’t be everyone’s bag but if you are a fan of dance and performance artists, then LICA’s Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University is the place to be tonight.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are performing a new double-bill of work called Counting to One Hundred and One Flute Note.

Over the past decade, the two artists have built a body of work that, according to the PR people, mixes the formality of music composition with a radical approach to performance.

If you fancy it, the show starts at 8pm. More information and tickets at www.liveatlica.org or on 01524 594151.

* Go to the Opera House in Manchester from tomorrow until Saturday and you’d better take a tissue or two.

Goodnight Mr Tom, based on the classic novel by Michelle Magorian, is starting a five-night run at the theatre.

Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies stars as Mister Tom.

Tickets (from £10-£28.50) and more information at www.atgtickets/manchester or at the box office 0844 8713018.

* Paris Casino is holding the first of its monthly Bollywood Nights on Wednesday

Promising an extravaganza of authentic Asian cuisine and traditional live entertainment, it is £15 per person.

Customers can book on 01253 406888.