Table Talk: Where Erin Hepher eats..

There is an old-fashioned sense of ceremony about The Wolseley, from the second I get out of a cab to be greeted by John the doorman, to the moment I walk in and see Matthew operating the lift. It doesn't matter who you are, they're thrilled to see you.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

And I think they recognise that there's a sense of occasion about walking into that space. The Wolseley reminds me very much of French brasserie society at its best. It's a big, buzzy, sexy brasserie, and I could take absolutely anyone there - it works for everybody.

I try to avoid lunch, particularly at The Wolseley. As soon as I sit down there, I want one of their giant bellinis - and I can't drink at lunchtime. But I love going there for early dinners. My business is about helping clients to grow through strengthening relationships, so I spend more than half of the dinner getting to know the person.

I very rarely go into a business dinner with an agenda. I'm more likely to go in thinking: 'At the end of this dinner, it would be really good if I could answer these three questions.'

If I were to design a menu to have at home, it would be The Wolseley's. I love its simplicity. I have the endive, Roquefort and walnut salad to start, then, 90% of the time, the roast chicken. When I've having a weak moment, it's the Wiener Schnitzel. And if the day has gone really badly, it will probably be a banana split afterwards.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB, 020 7499 6996, www.thewolseley.com
Average price: £35 per head, excluding wine

Favourite dishes
Endive, Roquefort and walnut salad £7.75
Wiener Schnitzel £17.75
Banana split £7.25

Erin Hepher is managing director of Aura Events.

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