Richard E. Grant was forced to quarantine at Gatwick Holiday Inn after he went to Southern Africa to see his 90-year-old mum. He called the food “grim” and questioned the cost of the stay.
Richard E. Grant has blasted a £228-a-night quarantine hotel that serves “grim food” after he was caught out by last minute travel rule changes.
The actor said he felt “punished” after being forced to quarantine after he had been visiting his 90-year-old mum in Southern Africa.
He had to stay at the Gatwick Holiday Inn after the Omicron variant saw travel restrictions enforced.
The 64-year-old shared a photo of a packaged tuna and cucumber sandwich, a sausage casserole and a portion of fish and chips with fans on Twitter.
He added that the food would have cost less than £30 to buy elsewhere.
Wearing a denim shirt and tortoiseshell glasses, the star ranted about the conditions he was living in.
Richard, who used to present the hotel review TV series Richard E. Grant Hotel Secrets said: “I went to southern Africa to visit my 90-year-old mother and got caught by the red region Covid restrictions.
“I understand there are security costs in the hotel and you’ve got to pay for two Covid tests, but £228 a day to receive three meals of this very poor standard, in a supposed four-star Holiday Inn hotel, beggars belief.”
On Twitter he said that he was confused how a “non-quarantine Holiday Inn nearby costs £89 incl breakfast” and asked: “How does Gov justify this cost to a traveller for ‘hospitality’… feels punishing!”
He made light of the situation by posting a video of him in character as Withnail with the caption: “Channelling Bruce Robinson’s Withnail to guide me through ten days in quarantine.”
One person wrote: “This is too perfect!” with a laughing and crying emoji.
Another wrote: “I remember your series about extravagant hotels, I think you should do a episode in your room, I seem to remember you were a sniffer of things would you be so daring there? Keep your chin up not long now x”
Grant’s posts attracted thousands of comments, likes and retweets.
One person wrote: “We are in the same situation my life also visited her 89 yr old mum in SA and yes we get served this tripe we had to buy own paper plates from Amazon.”
Another commented: “Feel for you Richard. My son was quarantined in Croatia… the food was shocking. Get home safely soon xxx”.
Although some were less sympathetic and quoted his character in the 1987 film Withnail and I.
A Government spokesman said: “The majority of passengers who have used the Managed Quarantine Service have been satisfied with the service.”