Diners at an upmarket restaurant were horrified when Russell Brand walked in barefoot.

The yoga-loving actor arrived at Los Angeles eatery Cecconi's without shoes and the clientele were unimpressed, although staff didn't seem to mind even when other patrons complained.

A source told National Enquirer magazine: ''Brand walked in with three buddies and the host immediately looked down, saw he was barefoot - yet never said a word! People kept eyeing Brand's bare feet, rolling their eyes and two customers finally complained to the manager, saying they believed it was against health regulations to serve someone with no shoes on. But not wanting to alienate a celebrity, management did nothing.''

It was recently claimed that Russell is training to become a yoga teacher and is even thinking of opening his own studio in Los Angeles with the help of his instructor Tej Kaur.

A source said: ''His teacher at Goldenbridge Yoga is in charge of teacher training at the centre and has encouraged Russ to take the course.

''He ­decided to give it a go. The pair have become good friends and Russell relies on Tej to bring ­calmness into his often crazy life.

''Once he's finished his course next Spring, he'll set up his own studio in Los Angeles.''