I’m a sucker for a fun event (who isn’t?) so when Walkers Crisps asked me to pop along to its Crisp Sarnie Speakeasy – I firstly had no idea what they were talking about, but also was fully onboard because there is usually fizz and celebrities at these things!
So this was the invite:
“To celebrate Britain’s unique love of sandwiches, Walkers are launching a delicious new limited edition range of sandwich flavoured crisps. In honour of this beautiful crisp/sandwich union, we are opening the very first Crisp Sarnie Club, a speakeasy-style club where like-minded crisp sarnie lovers can come together to celebrate the humble crisp sarnie.”
They gave me the address and said I needed to whisper ‘I’m barmy for sarnies’ at the appropriate time.
So anyway, turn up and it looks like a newsagents – but with a couple of handsome men outside with a clipboard which was a give away that it was anything but a normal shop. I gave them my name and was grateful I didn’t have to say ‘I’m barmy for sarnies’ at them, because I’m British and find that kind of thing awkward.
I went in and was instantly confused as there was just a smiling shopkeeper starting at me with no fizz and celebrities. I awkwardly stood there and said ‘hello’ and he said hello back. I then said something like ‘Ooooohhhh this is good’. It was at this point (he just stared at me willing me to do something with his eyes), I remembered I had to say it.
‘I’m barmy for sarnies!’
The smiliest shopkeeper ever (probs because he’s an actor rather than actually running a shop) then opened a secret door. I tell you what, there is NOTHING I love more than a secret door (apart from Lion bars and young Leonardo Di Caprio), so actually squealed a bit. Simple pleasures eh?
So I was then led through a corridor to the main event where I was promptly handed fizz. Hooray! There were also celebrities there. I saw Paddy Mcguinness and some people from Made in Chelsea. You know what, it made me feel really old though because there were loads of people who seemed famous, but I just didn’t recognise them! I had to take sneaky pictures and ask on Twitter! I need to start watching reality TV.
I was then sat down in the caff and given a build your own sarnie menu. As you can see, went with chicken, ham and mustard crisps with no sauce. Some may say boring, but tough – but you won’t catch me eating salad cream crisps any day soon!
On that note, on the way out I got given a goodie bag with the sarnie crisps inside. I HATE salad cream (I have general condiment issues as it is, and salad cream is the worst one). I made my boyfriend try the cheese, cucumber and salad cream ones, and I swear I nearly vomited when he breathed in my direction. My god, who come up with that idea?!
If you so fancy visiting the cafe, it’s open to the public now (Chris Peter’s News, 112/114 Tooley Street, London Bridge) and you can get a sandwich, cold drink with crisps and salad for £3.50 – which is bloody cheap for London. So definitely worth going if you’re in the area (don’t forget the secret words though!). Get tickets here.
Here’s me with Gary… The PR guy only took this photo so had to go with it even though I look awful. Ah well, you can’t have it all!
Have you tried the new flavour Walkers crisps? What do you think?