BBC's Stephen Nolan in Twitter face-off with Manchester restaurant over Northern Irish money
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BBC's Stephen Nolan in Twitter face-off with Manchester restaurant over Northern Irish money

A BBC Northern Ireland presenter has taken to Twitter to vent his frustration after a Manchester restaurant refused to accept his Northern Irish currency.

Stephen Nolan, who splits his time between Belfast and Manchester presenting on BBC radio and television, shared his annoyance with his 127,000 followers.

He told how the "dimwit" waiter in the unnamed restaurant insisted he pay by credit card after he presented him with sterling notes from the North of Ireland.

Nolan said he was giving the waiter a "geography lesson on the UK".

The currency issue is a common complaint among those who visit Britain from the North of Ireland.

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Notes issued in the North of Ireland are legal tender across Britain but do not necessarily have to be accepted in England, Scotland or Wales.

The Bank of England's stance on the matter is: "The acceptability of Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes as a means of payment is essentially a matter for agreement between the parties involved."

Read Nolan's Twitter rant below

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