UK Politics

Cameron treats Hollande to pub lunch after summit

David Cameron and Francois Hollande talk to the landlord at the Swan Inn
Image caption The two leaders discuss trade with landlord Archie Orr-Ewing

After a morning discussing EU treaties and unmanned drones, Francois Hollande and David Cameron had a change of pace with a pub lunch in Oxfordshire.

After the serious business of summit talks, the two men moved on to the Swan Inn in Swinbrook for what was described as a working meal.

The Cotswolds pub, owned by the Duchess of Devonshire, dates back to the 1880s.

Mr Cameron is following in the lead of Tony Blair, who once took President Bush to a pub in his constituency.


Friday's lunch was the culmination of a one-day France-UK summit at RAF Brize Norton, about five miles away.

On its website, the Swan Inn describes itself as a "boutique Cotswolds inn" in an "idyllic location" which is "the perfect place to relax, socialise and unwind".

The two leaders and close colleagues enjoyed a menu of potted shrimps, rainbow trout and apple crumble.

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Before the meal, the two leaders briefly stood at the bar discussing trade with publican Archie Orr-Ewing.

He told them that business was "much better" than last year and that he had escaped the flooding that had affected many other areas.

The prime minister also pointed out the pub's links to the famous Mitford family.

The Duchess of Devonshire is the last survivor of the six Mitford sisters. Her siblings included novelist Nancy Mitford and socialite Diana Mitford - who married the fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

The BBC News channel's chief political correspondent Norman Smith suggested the two leaders may have missed a trick in their efforts to boost British business.

"Anglo-French relations hit new low as PM and President Hollande opt not to share a pint in pub," he tweeted. "PM and President Hollande stand at bar chatting to concerned barman without ordering anything."

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