London: In an apparent embarrassment to the British Royal Family, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have been denied entry to a well-known restaurant in Northern Island, a media report said on Friday.
According to the `Daily Express`, Prince Edward and Sophie were rebuffed after the owner of The Manor House restaurant and guesthouse on Rathlin Island, off the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, cancelled a booking from government officials who refused to identify the VIP guests.
Instead of dining from a stylish menu that included pan-fried monkfish with chorizo, asparagus and cherry tomatoes at GBP 18.95 per head, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were shunted off to the island`s only pub, the report said.
There they had to make do with sausage rolls and vol-au-vents in the cafe adjoining McCuaigs Bar, which boasts cheap beer, 14 gaming machines and pool.
Damien McFaul, manager of The Manor House, blamed the Northern Ireland Office after he refused the booking for the royal couple and their entourage on Wednesday. "If there had been more communication it wouldn`t have been a problem. I have no objections to royalty in general."
Buckingham Palace officials insisted Edward and Sophie were not averse to a more ordinary pub lunch.