Politicos go pastry crazy as Westminster becomes Greggs-minster
Westminster bubble in a frenzy as new branch of the iconic bakery opens its doors yards from parliament
The long awaited Westminster branch of Greggs the baker opened this morning and politicians, staff, and particularly journalists immediately went mad for the pies, cakes and assorted pastries now available on their doorstep.
Anticipation had been building all week as the shop appeared to be fitted out yet its doors did not open. However this morning Evening Standard political editor Joe Murphy claimed the scoop of being first through the doors.
And at 9am The Times staffer Grant Tucker, who has been tweeting himself into a tizzy about the new Greggs, performed an official opening.
Some commentators pointed out that there is already a Greggs 10 minutes from Westminster while others claimed that some of the greasy treats are cheaper in other parts of the country compared to the branch located in Westminster tube.However they couldn't dent the enthusiasm for steak bakes, sausage rolls and particularly bacon butties among the denizens of the Westminster bubble. Photos were posted online of punters queueing out the door. It was reported that the shop had run out of bacon by the end of the breakfast rush and that it was running its ovens at full capacity to keep up with demand. This despite Westminster's canteens offering bacon rolls and other breakfast specialities, such as a full English in a wrap, at knock down prices.
Tory Justin Tomlinson was among the first MPs to voice his enthusiasm for the new store. But there's yet to be any reaction from Ed Miliband or Rachel Reeves who famously stopped in to a branch of Greggs back in 2012 along with then shadow chancellor Ed Balls to buy eight sausage rolls in a particularly cringey photo opportunity aimed at highlighting the so-called 'pasty tax' announced in George Osborne's budget that year.
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