A few months back I was invited to attend the first in a regular series of events at the Park Plaza Westminster combining food with a live performance by a major artist.
My report of that first evening, at which Natalie Cole wowed an audience which included a number of celebs, can be found here.
Earlier this month I was invited back for the second evening, this time featuring Paul Young and a 16-piece band, and was largely even more impressed than I was after my first visit.
The timing issues I mentioned before seem to have been ironed out with everyone being served their courses on time and getting their after-dinner coffee.
Good news for those of us who don’t like to leave a meal still feeling hungry, the portions seemed more generous than last time though some side servings of extra veg would still have been nice.
Less impressive was the lack of any wine on the table to accompany the meal. This might have been due to we media types not having paid for our tickets, however the waiters seemed to believe no drinks were included in the £95 a-head tickets.
We were lucky, our hosts at Jori White PR provided drinks when the absence became known but at a minimum of £24 a bottle – one fellow diner was told it wasn’t possible to pay by the glass – the evening can’t be considered cheap.
I think there’s still some work for the organisers in the ‘value for money’ area around the meal but it takes time to fine tune any attraction and, with only two nights under their belts, they’ve already laid the framework for what deserves to become one London’s more desirable nights out.
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