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Grub's up as pest control firm puts vermin on menu

THE dishes may have been crawling with critters - but that did not appear to bug diners in Glasgow as they tucked in to a menu with some surprise additions.

Adventurous diners seemed more than happy to tuck into a variety of bugs and crawling critters at Rentokil's pop-up 'Pestaurant'.
Adventurous diners seemed more than happy to tuck into a variety of bugs and crawling critters at Rentokil's pop-up 'Pestaurant'.

The pop-up "pestaurant" in the city centre was in town for one day only and served up an assortment of insects and vermin that were flying off the plates as passers-by got their hands on the crunchy "treats".

From salt and vinegar crickets to cheddar cheese mealworms, chocolate bugbars and pigeon burgers, curious visitors got more than a mouthful at the free Rentokil restaurant in Buchanan Street.

Connor Robinson, 19, sampled a selection.

He said: "I've tried the salt and vinegar crickets, the plain roasted crickets and the chocolate covered bugs.

"The crickets tasted just like crisps - I think the salt and vinegar makes them taste 'normal.'

"The plain ones didn't really taste of anything and the chocolate bugs were just like chocolate."

Mr Robinson, who was visiting from Stirling, described himself as quite an adventurous eater and said he was not at all put off by the unusual fare. His friend Abby McCormack, also 19, from Kirkcaldy, persuaded him to try the larger plain locust. He added: "It's really dry. It tastes quite woody."

Ms McCormack, who also tucked into a selection of grubs, agreed. She said: "They taste like nuts. The salt and vinegar ones were my favourite."

Jean Gorman, from Belfast, tucked into a chocolate bug, and said: "It was surprisingly tasty. I think I'll have another."

But her favourites were the salt and vinegar crickets.

Shirley King, area support officer with the pest control company, said the salt and vinegar bugs were by far the most popular with "customers".

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