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March 22 2006

Martin Johnson CBE launches charity breakfast at The Quality Chop House

This morning, March 22nd, famous rugby legend Martin Johnson CBE, dropped by The Quality Chop House, Farringdon Road, London EC1 to launch the new Martin Johnson breakfast. The breakfast was created in his honour and coincided with the unveiling of a portrait of Martin Johnson CBE by Bryan Organ. The restaurant will be serving the breakfast during spring and will be donating £1 for every breakfast served directly to the NSPCC.

The Quality Chop House is already well known for its rugby player sized breakfasts including the St George’s, one of the largest in London. Now they will be adding to their popular breakfast menu with the inclusion of the Martin Johnson breakfast, appealing to food lovers and rugby fans alike.

Restaurant owner Geoffrey Pointon, a huge fan of English rugby, as well as of British food, purchased the portrait for display in the restaurant, as he felt the picture of such a great British icon would fit perfectly with the atmosphere of The Quality Chop House. He says, ‘In my eyes, Martin should have been knighted for what he has done for English rugby. It is such a huge honour to have him attend the unveiling of the portrait and the christening of the Martin Johnson breakfast. Martin’s British pride reflects the atmosphere we have created at The Quality Chop House and with the addition of his portrait we are hoping to amplify the mood.’

Bryan Organ has painted many famous people including Diana, Princess of Wales, many of which are displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait of the ex-captain of English rugby, Martin Johnson CBE was commissioned by Leicester Tigers after English rugby’s victory over Australia in 2003.

The Quality Chop House is located in an original 1870s Grade II listed building in a prime spot next to Exmouth market, Clerkenwell and is a popular destination for London diners. The director of the restaurant, Andrew Ryder has created a strong atmosphere which is backed up by a meticulously designed menu, based on the restaurant ethos of ‘Traditional British with a modern twist’. Customers are offered excellent value for money and a huge choice of tasty and superbly prepared food.

Martin Johnson, 35, is one of the most famous faces in English rugby. In 1987 he joined the Leicester Tigers, becoming captain in 1997. He then went on to captain England in 1998. Already the holder of an MBE, Martin was awarded a CBE in the 2004 New Year's honours list, before announcing his retirement from international rugby.

The Quality Chop House, 92-94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3AA

Tel: 020 7837 5093

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The new Martin Johnson CBE breakfast costs £14.95 and includes a rugby ball of bubble & squeak, a slice of honey roasted ham, corn-fed free-range egg, 28 day matured Scottish Sirloin steak, Welsh lamb chop, Cumberland sausage and black pudding. Served with tea or coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, toast and preserves.

For further information or high resolution images of the Martin Johnson CBE breakfast please contact Amanda Parkinson on 020 7569 3043 ( or Claire Marshall on 020 7569 3040 ( or Tina Fotherby on 020 7569 3046 (

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