Diners at a branch of Nando’s got more than a serving of chicken when the Prime Minister walked in for a meal.
David Cameron sat down for dinner at the restaurant in Park Street, Bristol and customers quickly reached for their phones to take pictures as he ordered a meal with colleagues at the popular fast-food chain famous for its spicy peri-peri chicken and chips.
The result was an internet sensation with social networking site Twitter swamped with thousands of messages about the Prime Minister’s visit.
Among the diners was Becky Smith, who posted a picture on Twitter of Mr Cameron stopping to pose for a so-called “selfie” with her.
Accompanying the picture, she tweeted: “snapapolitician lol”.
The Prime Minister, who was wearing an open-collared black shirt with his sleeves rolled up, appeared relaxed as he tucked into his meal.
Another Twitter user, Melissa Bennett, posted a picture of Mr Cameron looking across the restaurant as other diners took photos. She tweeted: “Oh my days, in Nandos and David Cameron walks in.”
Her friend Hollie Buckle also tweeted a picture and added: “I knew there was a reason I dragged Melissa Bennett to Nando’s.
“David Cameron only went and turned up!!!”
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Cameron ate chicken and coleslaw at Nando’s.
Asked whether he checked if the meal he was ordering was halal, following days of controversy over restaurants’ use of meat slaughtered according to the traditional Muslim ritual, the spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister is comfortable with the meat he eats and buys.”
She added: “I don’t think it’s unusual for someone at the end of the working day to want to go and have a meal.”