At Fortnum & Mason for a dinner cooked by Jackson Boxer and inspired by seafood taxidermist Hannah Horton, the Dumbwaiter was surprised to see his table neighbour, Sue Webster. The celebrated artist is famously a vegetarian… so there were no prawn or octopus innards for her.
Talking hospitality with Blacklock’s Gordon Ker last week, it turns out that the three restaurants’ playlists – all shimmery eighties dance classics – are compiled by Ker himself. The chopmeister makes no bones about his love of music.
Meanwhile Tom Kerridge was overheard telling a couple who have already been in seven times for lunch at his new Bar & Grill in the Corinthia that if they make 10 visits they’ll get a stamp on a card and a free coffee. Not entirely serious, but switch coffee for a martini and we’d be up for it…
Worms on the menu? Trade, the private members’ club for the hospitality community opening in January, tells the Dumbwaiter that the Early Bird discounted membership offer finishes on Friday. Visit tradesoho.co.uk for more info.
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