Veteran broadcaster and national treasure Sir Terry Wogan is in Chester sampling the city’s delights for a new BBC2 show.
Sir Terry – owner of one of TV and radio’s most iconic voices – has been busy filming for Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip at Tea on the Wall, Cork’s Out on Watergate Street and the Refectory at Chester Cathedral.
Co-presented with Mason McQueen, star of A Cabbie Abroad, the 20-episode run will see the intrepid duo taking inspiration from Samuel Chamberlain’s 1963 book British Banquet: An Epicurean Tour of Britain as they eat and drink their way across the country, travelling in a black cab.
When The Chronicle caught up with Sir Terry and Mason at Tea on the Wall, the bon vivants revealed they have been charmed by Chester.
Sir Terry said: “We love Chester – it’s a lovely, lovely city.”
“It doesn’t let you down when you are on foot – it’s a bit like walking around London,” Mason added. “I am really enjoying Chester and the architecture is lovely.”
While they tantalised their taste buds with a ‘really hot’ curry in Birmingham, Chester offered them ‘a very tasty’ St Werburgh’s goose spaghetti at the Cathedral, in homage to the city’s patron saint who, according to legend, resurrected a goose.
Although Sir Terry was quick to reassure that the bird they had tucked into ‘could not be saved’.
Describing their programme as a ‘fearless pursuit of epicurean excellence’, he added: “I’ve taken the high road in the back seat of Mason’s black London cab, as together we travel the country, meeting the people, seeing the sights and forcing down the occasional mouthful of food.”
Cork’s Out assistant manager Simon Parkinson was full of praise for Sir Terry, saying he was ‘genuinely interested in the shop’ and ‘exactly what you expect’.
Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip, which also takes in Bristol, Scarborough and Bath, will air later this year.