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Richard E Grant’s fury over ‘dark’ food at Gatwick Holiday Inn quarantined COVID

A big-screen star is currently due to self-quarantine for 10 days at a Holiday Inn at Gatwick Airport after returning to the UK from southern Africa.

But Richard E Grant is not happy with the conditions, the food or the standard of the hotel he is paying £ 228 a night to stay in.

Recognizable for countless roles over the course of a long career, Richard E Grant is known for his roles in Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

Read more: Gatwick Airport: Full update of UK travel red list after Nigeria added to banned countries

He has also appeared in Loki recently, along with a number of projects under his belt that are set to be released soon.



Richard E Grant is known for his roles in Star Wars, Loki and Game of Thrones

Grant, 64, was visiting his 90-year-old mother in southern Africa when he was unfortunate enough to be surprised by the change in travel restrictions upon his return.

He complained on Twitter about the UK government after having to pay more than £ 2,000 for a ‘poor quality’ 10 day stay.

In the now deleted tweets, he directed his frustration at the “grim” quality of the food he received each day of his stay.

“How does the government justify this cost to a traveler for ‘hospitality’? He asked after being charged £ 228 per day.



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“You’re doing the math because I’m confused. “

He added: “I went to Southern Africa to visit my 90-year-old mother and got caught up in the Covid Red Region restrictions.

“It took over a week and many canceled flights to finally get home.

“For which I am incredibly grateful.

“I fully understand that there is a security charge in the hotel and you have to pay for two Covid tests but £ 228 per day?

“And to receive three meals a day of this very poor standard at a so-called four-star Holiday Inn hotel is a beggar’s belief.”

In an article showing the food he was given, he then compared the service offered at a nearby non-quarantine Holiday Inn, which costs just £ 89 including breakfast.

However, it’s not just him who feels miserable in the quarantine hotels on offer.



The star is currently quarantined at a Gatwick hotel after returning from southern Africa
The star is currently quarantined at a Gatwick hotel after returning from southern Africa

One person responded and said, “Similar to my quarantine experience.”

While another even more frustrated person added, “At least you can afford it, Richard.

“I am at Leonardo Heathrow after returning from SA where I visited a near terminally ill relative.

“Even with my family of four, I have never stayed in a £ 2,285 hotel for 10 nights.

“It’s scandalous.”

The return of the travel red list and the need for quarantine hotels have returned following the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Countries currently on the UK’s red list include Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

People from countries not on the Red List will also have to take a pre-departure test from December 7.

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