BILL OF THE WEEK

THE CAPITALIST has been hoping a suitable bill from one of Jamie Oliver’s establishments would find its way to City A.M. for months. And, last Thursday, this column’s patience was rewarded when the sommelier at the TV chef’s new City venue, Barbecoa, was dispatched to the cellar for four bottles of 2005 Rousseau at £350 a time. Oliver’s private cellar, presumably, as the collectible Burgundy is nowhere to be seen on the restaurant’s wine list – but then, being in the “hospitality” line of business, these particular diners were clearly of superior tastes. Not superior enough, however, to prevent them adding two packets of pork scratchings to their £1,900 tab.