Cheese and pate on the menu during Royal visit to deli

Say cheese: The Princess Royal dropped in to the upmarket deli while on holiday in Scotland

AFTER saving £40 on a Scots hotel room last week, Princess Anne treated herself to top-drawer treats at one of the country’s priciest delis.

Shoppers in Edinburgh’s Elm Row were amazed to see the Royal – accompanied by two bodyguards and police officers – pop in to upmarket Valvona and Crolla.

There, the Princess Royal filled her basket with cheese and chicken liver pate.

Prices at the famous Italian store are, in many cases, fit for a king. A small bottle of balsamic vinger sells for £22.95 and just 50g of minced truffles costs £13.99.

Even a tin of humble sardines will set you back £5.99.

On Friday, the day of the Princess Royal’s visit, their special offer was a kilo of Brie de Meaux cheese at £24.90.

The Royal is known to be a fan of the store and does her best to pop in whenever she is visiting the city.

Valvona and Crolla staff privately confirmed the Royal visit but the store’s official statement read: “Unfortunately we will not be talking about the visit.

“We respect the privacy of our special customers.”

The Princess Royal’s spending splurge at the deli marks a change of approach from earlier in the week.

On holiday with her second husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, she stayed at the four star Manor House Hotel in Oban, Argyll.

It emerged that she turned down the option of a room with a sea view for £225, including dinner, bed and breakfast, choosing instead a room at the back of the hotel.