To temper City last night for the Too Many Critics dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger. Tracey MacLeod won the critic’s sauce competition with her version of Chimichurri and close to £20,000 was raised on the night. Despite the heat in the kitchen, no critics lost their temper.
The Cateys took place last Tuesday evening where Richard Corrigan picked up the award for best independent restaurateur of the year. Lazy Susan hears he celebrated with a lock-in back at Dickie’s Bar at Corrigan’s, which went well onto in the small hours.
The plans for the hotel that Robert De Niro was going to open in Covent Garden have been scrapped. The site, of which part of it was home to the original Joe Allen, had been earmarked for an 83-bedroom hotel with two restaurants. Little Fockers, some might say.
The Dumbwaiter had a drink in the newest bar in the Ned last week. The Library bar is the 17th watering hole in the City hotel and private members’ club. With its martini trolley and Champagne by the glass menu it should prove a popular spot for a liquid lunch.
From Clerkenwell to Covent Garden. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.