Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30

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Feb 15 Lunch: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 13:30

Post by Chris Doty » 20:17 Tue 27 Jan 2015

Jdaw1, Chris Doty, possibly DRT, and hopefully you (!) are having lunch at Simpson's in the Strand (as below) from 1:30pm on Sunday the 15th.

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Venue: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 100 Strand London WC2R 0EW, +44 20 7836 9112 (streetmap.co.uk, maps.google.co.uk, bing.com).

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by flash_uk » 20:49 Tue 27 Jan 2015

Won't be able to make lunch sadly - I will be skiing.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by Chris Doty » 21:08 Tue 27 Jan 2015

flash_uk wrote:Won't be able to make lunch sadly - I will be skiing.
Sorry to hear that Flash, would have been great to catch up on your side of the pond.

Hope the slopes treat you well. Could have had some good runs in Central Park today by the looks of things!

some other time soon

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by flash_uk » 21:34 Tue 27 Jan 2015

Chris Doty wrote: some other time soon
Indeed, that would be wonderful. And perhaps I'll be across the pond sometime soon. Was your Mumbai sign-off a temporary visit or have you moved??

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 21:47 Tue 27 Jan 2015

Sunday lunch, eh? Not our usual time.

Perhaps we could try Simpson’s-in-the-Strand? I have just spoken to ‘Andrew’ there, who seemed keen to have our business. Normally corkage is £30 per bottle (!!), but he said that we would be charged for one bottle however many we bring, especially for a ‘later’ reservation (he saying ≥2:30pm, but we could probably snoove that back to 2pm).

Sunday lunch is the à la carte menu including the likes of roast lamb and roast beef.

Thoughts?

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by Chris Doty » 21:53 Tue 27 Jan 2015

flash_uk wrote: Indeed, that would be wonderful. And perhaps I'll be across the pond sometime soon. Was your Mumbai sign-off a temporary visit or have you moved??
Mumbai is where my friends are, but Bangalore is where I am currently setting my sights on a more permanent basis. Sadly, you'll need to attend lunch to discover more!

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by Chris Doty » 21:56 Tue 27 Jan 2015

jdaw1 wrote:Sunday lunch, eh? Not our usual time.

Perhaps we could try Simpson’s-in-the-Strand? I have just spoken to ‘Andrew’ there, who seemed keen to have our business. Normally corkage is £30 per bottle (!!), but he said that we would be charged for one bottle however many we bring, especially for a ‘later’ reservation (he saying ≥2:30pm, but we could probably snoove that back to 2pm).

Sunday lunch is the à la carte menu including the likes of roast lamb and roast beef.

Thoughts?
Excellent leadership as always, Jdaw!

Andrew should connect me with his dealer. For the honor of hosting our gathering, I think a flat corkage fee of 20quid is perfectly reasonable. I am happy with / prefer a later start time, so 2pm + sounds fabulous. I also insist on a la carte menus, being American and all.

Excited to catch up!

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- you thinking bring a bottle blind? should we try to have some sort of theme? since it's the afternoon, maybe magnums? I'm open minded...

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 22:45 Tue 27 Jan 2015

Chris Doty wrote:- you thinking bring a bottle blind? should we try to have some sort of theme? since it's the afternoon
And, of course, we wouldn’t have a theme if it were the evening.
Chris Doty wrote:maybe magnums? I'm open minded...
He was quite surprised at the idea that two of us would drink three bottles. “I guess you would just taste the Port. You wouldn’t drink much of it.” “We’re members of a Port-drinking club: we’ll finish it.” Magnums are, well, a quarter of a decent size.

When we have a better handle on numbers I’ll reserve.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by PhilW » 09:02 Wed 28 Jan 2015

No chance for me to join you on this one I'm afraid, as it's the start of half term here and we are consequently already busy.
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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by Axel P » 14:37 Fri 30 Jan 2015

In my next life I have to move to London...

Enjoy whatevery you are having besides good company.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 12:16 Sat 31 Jan 2015

By PM, WS1 wrote:Thank you of thinking of me; would have come if I were in London that day. But since I am in Austria that day I cannot. :(

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by idj123 » 20:58 Sat 31 Jan 2015

Unfortunately, with a one year old whom I rarely see in the week, weekends are pretty much out for me - a pity as this promises to be a raucous affair!

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Post by jdaw1 » 21:22 Sat 31 Jan 2015

idj123 wrote:Unfortunately, with a one year old whom I rarely see in the week, weekends are pretty much out for me - a pity as this promises to be a raucous affair!
Hmm: two attendees, CSD and JDAW. Total raucousness is low. Don’t ask about the average raucousness.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 21:23 Sat 31 Jan 2015

Chris: do you have Port in London? Or should I bring enough for two thirsty chaps?

And may I edit the first post to add placemats to it?

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by DRT » 23:34 Sat 31 Jan 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
idj123 wrote:Unfortunately, with a one year old whom I rarely see in the week, weekends are pretty much out for me - a pity as this promises to be a raucous affair!
Hmm: two attendees, CSD and JDAW. Total raucousness is low. Don’t ask about the average raucousness.
Sundays are not ideal for me but I have not given up on the possibility that someone will need me in London very early on Monday morning, thereby requiring a Sunday departure from home. I might not know until a few days before but it looks like there might be a seat available if I can make it.
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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by djewesbury » 23:36 Sat 31 Jan 2015

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Post by DRT » 23:40 Sat 31 Jan 2015

djewesbury wrote:Warning: Apostrophe Crime pre-trial notification.
Nothing to see here, Officer. Move along please.
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Post by djewesbury » 23:41 Sat 31 Jan 2015

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 00:07 Sun 01 Feb 2015

DRT wrote:Sundays are not ideal for me but I have not given up on the possibility that someone will need me in London very early on Monday morning, thereby requiring a Sunday departure from home. I might not know until a few days before but it looks like there might be a seat available if I can make it.
If CSD has nothing accessible, presumably we each bring 2 × 75cl?

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by DRT » 11:27 Sun 01 Feb 2015

Sounds like a civilised Sunday afternoon to me.
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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by WS1 » 11:47 Sun 01 Feb 2015

DRT wrote:Sounds like a civilised Sunday afternoon to me.
Do not forget the emergency back up bts..... :wink:

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 22:26 Mon 02 Feb 2015

The placemats and booking information added to the first post.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by Chris Doty » 07:28 Fri 06 Feb 2015

jdaw1 wrote:The placemats and booking information added to the first post.
All seems well. One issue is that my sister (the bride to be) has bought the family tickets to see an Arsenal fixture this same afternoon (kicking off at 4pm). I understand it is fairly easy to get to the venue via the tube, and I don't need to be there exactly at kickoff (a little girlfootball goes a long way), but if possible, I would prefer to move up the start of this lunch so as to maximize our socializing. Possible?

Also, sorry to hear that WS and RAYC are unavailable for this event. And what has become of AHB, Jacob, etc?! Still, the three of us should hopefully provide a nice demonstration of how gentlemen lunch, and I am very much looking forward to it! Quality vintage port is as scarce as crosswalks here in Bangalore.

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Re: Invitation to Lunch: February 15th

Post by jdaw1 » 10:00 Fri 06 Feb 2015

Is it really wise to be attempting to be admitted to a football ground after a bottle or more of port? English football fans used to have, ahem, a reputation, since when policing at football grounds has become more, ahem, overt.

Are you sure that you will be admitted to the grounds? Is this a good plan?

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Post by djewesbury » 10:09 Fri 06 Feb 2015

He's not going to be stumbling and slurring. Policing at the Emirates doesn't include breathalysing everyone going in. Bear in mind that the rest of the crowd will have had a swift five or six before the game.

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