HE'S best known as the genius who instils fear into contestants as the ‘Beast’ on popular ITV gameshow The Chase.

But Mark Labbett proved he is more bark than bite when he visited a county tea room last week.

Mark stopped by the Potting Shed Tearoom at the Radway Bridge Garden Centre, at Whitestone, with his wife Kate for some lunch.

The TV personality is well-known as one of four chasers on the popular weeknight show presented by Bradley Walsh.

Considered the ‘finest quiz brains in the country’, the chaser’s role is to chase contestants down the board in a test of general knowledge to try to catch them and throw them out of the game.

Staff at the Potting Shed Tearoom are all fans of the show and served Mark one of the cafe's squeaky pig sausage sandwiches. His wife tucked into a bowl of spicy parsnip soup and the couple also took a bone away for their dog.

Jenny Williams, co-owner of the Potting Shed Tearoom, said: "Their visit was a lovely surprise because we have just opened and all the staff love The Chase.

"He really was nice. He said he lives locally and was just wandering around the garden. They were really friendly. We all watch the shows."