Social media slapdown of the week – or possibly year – goes to Nigel Slater, whose posts from Japan led to a comment from someone asking for recommendations for a forthcoming trip. “Sorry, Helena, I’m not a f***ing travel agent” was the response.
The Dumbwaiter popped along to the party for the opening of Adam Handling at the Belmond last week. Guests enjoying the magnums of Billecart-Salmon included Martyn Nail, Russell Norman and Claire and Pierre Koffmann. However, The Dumbwaiter noticed one industry guest checking out the bar booths during the party to see how comfy they were. Never not working are you, Fernando.
It may have been drizzling outside (onto a patiently waiting queue) but inside new Shoreditch trattoria Gloria, it was a different story. Guests who joined Clerkenwell Boy for dinner found the combination of masses of candles and carbs a shortcut to hot flushes. Or was that the masses of negronis?
The line-up for Celebrity Bake Off – Jeremy Paxman, Russell Brand, Johnny Vegas and John Lithgow - is quite something. Wonder if any of them have done stages to prepare for the work ahead? We hear Russell Brand is often on the phone to Tom Kerridge.
From Shoreditch to SW3. Here are The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the week.