Harry Redknapp makes Edinburgh restaurant staff laugh during visit

Football legend Harry Redknapp stunned staff at an Edinburgh restaurant when he dropped by for a meal last week.

Redknapp – who has run Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham Utd and Southampton – was with his wife Sandra and six friends as they enjoyed a meal at Dantes in the city’s Colinton district on Thursday.

The 74-year-old star was staying at a hotel in the capital before going to golf at the prestigious Archerfield in East Lothian on Friday.

Restaurant owner Sandro Margiotta said Redknapp was “a total delight” on the visit and took the time to speak to locals.

Sandro said: “We were really delighted to have Harry and Sandra in our restaurant last week. They were in Scotland for a few days with friends and it was lovely that they chose to eat with us.


“As you can imagine, he was a really lovely man and he had time for anyone who wanted to talk to him.

“We had a great conversation about the euros, and he made us all laugh with some of his stories.”

Dantes regulars were quick to comment after a photo of Redknapp’s visit to the restaurant was posted on social media.

Bruce Tyler posted: “Caption – as a huge Hammers fan I missed the old gaffa.”

Kath Robertson said: “I hope he asked Nicola for permission to go to Scotland. Seriously, I know he will have had a fantastic meal.

And Angie Mabon added, “He chose the perfect place to eat. “

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Redknapp played for West Ham Utd and Bournemouth over a 17-year playing career before becoming a successful manager.

He managed eight England teams and had a short spell at the helm of the Jordanian national team before retiring in October 2017 after a 34-year managerial career.

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