BILL OF THE WEEK

WHEN the world has gone mad, stick to what you know, thought six asset managers as they chose Green’s on Cornhill for a nerve-restoring lunch in the week the markets went into meltdown. The soothingly traditional venue delivered comfort food including fish and chips, Dover sole and rump of lamb as clients’ stocks plunged, served with a reinforcing double G&T for one financier and a large vodka for another. Even the wine came in doubles: two bottles of Puligny Mont Bitouzet disappeared faster than you can say “October 2008”, then chasers of Chateau Lynch Bages, Chateau Talbot, Fonseca 1985 port and a magnum of Laurent Perrier Rosé followed. If only the FTSE expanded at the same rate as the group’s drinks bill, their problems would be over…