THE QUEEN of Spain was spotted nibbling smoked salmon salad and melon sorbet at a pub in Jevington.
Queen Sofia, described as dressed in casual clothes, visited the Hungry Monk with her seven-strong entourage on Sunday, June 19.
Her Majesty dined with her party in the pub’s ‘blue dining room’ while her four bodyguards – two Spanish and two English – munched pub grub in a nearby private room.
The Queen allegedly declared the melon sorbet to be the best she had ever eaten during her long reign. Some sparkling water and apple juice accompanied the feast.
Corinne Williams, pub manager, said: “We are used to tennis stars, film stars and even pop stars, but royalty is something different and very exciting – certainly we felt very honoured.
“Queen Sofia said that she loved her lunch and was enchanted by the restaurant – she particularly loved all the paintings.
“We hope it won’t be too long before she comes back.”
The Hungry Monk was given a thorough security-check the day by the bodyguards before the visit. They looked at the private dining rooms and also checked out the pub’s website.
Sue and Nigel Mackenzie have owned the pub – famous for its claim to invent banoffi pie – for more than 40 years and it is run by Corinne and Andrew Williams.