Ian McKellen aka 'Gandalf' fed and watered in popular Derry eatery The Sooty Olive

The Sooty Olive proprietor Sean Harrigan with Ian McKellen.
The Sooty Olive proprietor Sean Harrigan with Ian McKellen.

Popular Derry eatery, The Sooty Olive, hosted an unexpected guest in Ian McKellen, aka 'Gandalf the Grey' from Lord of the Rings on Saturday.

The acclaimed theatre actor and X-Men, The Hobbit and Cats star popped in for dinner while in Derry for a performance in the Waterside Theatre.

Chef-proprietor Sean Harrigan, tweeting a photograph of the Lancashire actor, stated: "When Ian McKellen danders in off Spencer Road for a load of ribs."