'Fawlty Towers' as a two hander over dinner, with only Basil and Polly, seemed ambitious but it was only the warm up act for breakfast - delivered solo by Basil it was a bravura performance. Playing "Finland, Finland, Finland" by Monty Python, having asked if guests wanted to hear it and being told no, while expressing astonishment that guests from Finland had never heard it was hilarious. Following it up with "The Accountancy Shanty" while ignoring guests arriving for breakfast , took things to a new level. It was topped though by a deadpan "not really" when asked if he liked Python, though it came close to breaking the fourth wall. The highlight however was the missing mushrooms, set up perfectly by the increasing number of items 'off' the menu the evening before. "Just a minute" and a sharp turn back to the kitchen and ten minutes or so till they were delivered - which sounds dull but what we could see through the dining room window was Basil dashing across to the shops and back - rumours that a car was well thrashed with a tree branch in the process are unconfirmed. Genius. You will not get better value for money anywhere else on the Fringe this year - I can only imagine it isn't very busy as the venue is a little out of the way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prominent brilliant white hotel established 1780, and recently refurbished. Offering modern British cuisine and professional service.8 individual en-suite rooms. Great location for exploring the Scottish Borders, yet only half an hour from the centre of Edinburgh. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Bull Lauder
- Black Bull Hotel Lauder, Scotland