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Obama girls have fish and chips in London pub

world Updated: Jun 10, 2009 03:51 IST

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Michelle Obama treated her daughters Malia and Sasha to fish and chips in a London pub during a low-key visit to the British capital this week, pub staff said on Tuesday.

The US First Lady was in London with Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, for a short private holiday after joining President Barack Obama at the end of his trip to the Middle East and Europe.

On Monday they reportedly visited Big Ben and then in the evening visited a pub near the US embassy, where staff said they had been unaware who was coming when a booking for 25 people was made.

"We were all speechless when they walked in. I couldn't believe it. But they were all very friendly, smiling and laughing," said Cintia Pinto, 24, who served Mrs Obama at the Audley pub in Mayfair.

"The girls were so sweet and polite. They thanked us every time we brought them something. It was a real honour," she said. The Obama daughters had fish suppers, while Michelle Obama had a sirloin steak, said the pub.

Manager John Gohery said, "It was a real surprise and a pleasure.