PRINCE HARRY dined at a restaurant owned by Henley Standard food columnist Paul Clerehugh.
The prince ate dinner at the Michelin-acclaimed London Street Brasserie in Reading with three other guests on Sunday night.
One of his party arrived at the restaurant at about 9pm and asked for a table for four without mentioning that a royal guest would be among the group.
He then chose a table upstairs before leaving and then returning with two other men, including Harry.
The 28-year-old prince, who was wearing chinos, a polo shirt and jumper, kept a low profile but fellow staff and diners recognised him.
Emma Clark, one of the restaurant managers, said: “When he came in one of the girls said to me, ‘that’s Prince Harry’. I thought she was joking but then I realised it actually was him.
“We have had lots of famous people visit the restaurant but he is probably the most high-profile. He seemed to really like the food and we certainly gave him the VIP treatment.”
Kerrie Skipsey, personal assistant to Mr Clerehugh, said: “There was obviously a bit of a buzz around the restaurant as people started to notice he was there. Our loos are upstairs and lots of people were going up and down the stairs to try to spot him.”
The prince chose a starter of fresh white Cornish crab, spiced asparagus, chicory and apple followed by a man of pink carved Gressingham duck breast, orange fondant potato, grilled asparagus, young carrots and red wine jus.
For dessert, he chose the passion fruit cheesecake with mango and mint. Miss Skipsey said: “He hoovered up his piece of cheesecake. He has obviously got a bit of a sweet tooth.”
Mr Clerehugh, who also owns the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, said he was sorry to have missed Harry’s visit .
“The staff didn’t call me until he had gone, which was very frustrating, but I am sure I would have ruined it,” he said. “I would have gone straight down there and flapped and been like Basil Fawlty around the table.”
The diners were joined by a woman before they left at about 10.30pm.
Mr Clerehugh said: “Apparently Harry enjoyed the food so why wouldn’t he mention to his sister-in-law that the grub is all right for when she next comes to the Oracle?”