Sixty years ago this week (March 3, 1960), our columnist James Hartley praised the actor’s ability to find cheap, delicious food:
He said: “Wherever they are, Blackpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Berlin, or Paris, theatre-folk seem to have an instinct for searching out the best places to eat, and since most of them have had at least one spell of penuriousness, they usually contrive to find a suitable spot where prices are not too high. Any layman can follow them with confidence.
“Modestly, I can claim to have introduced some of vaudeville’s top talent to good food in the north of England and even in their Mecca, London. I introduced [a] shining company to the Hong Kong in Shaftesbury Avenue and on my recent call on Charlie Young, proprietor of this famous restaurant, heard that most of these people still use his place. I am not surprised, the food is always tip-top and there is always the warmest of welcomes.
“Chinese food, of course, suits most artists: it is light, nourishing, non-fattening, and most palatable. ”
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