BILL OF THE WEEK

THEY steered clear of the eight-course taster menu at £150 per head, but the three hedge fund managers who visited chef Nigel Mendham’s new restaurant Thirty Six at Dukes Hotel on St James’s Place still managed to rack up a sizeable tab. Starting with three glasses of Perrier Jouet Blanson champagne to accompany their starters of carpaccio, scallops and red mullet, the group moved on to a £395 bottle of vintage Chateau Margaux to help along the salt marsh lamb, Highland venison and lemon sole. Monbazillac pudding wine, Fernando de Castilla sherry and Ramos Pinto 10 Year Old Tawny port completed the evening blowout, which left the three gourmand Mayfair financiers £730 lighter.