BILL OF THE WEEK

THERE was competition for Bill of the Week from Boisdale of Belgravia on Burns Night. The table of 13 Norwegians who spent £1,797 toasting Norway’s four-year ownership of the Orkney islands in the fifteenth century almost made it into this week’s column – but then along came a group of “independently wealthy” locals who went to town to the tune of £2,248. No set Burns Night menu for them – and a fondness for the expensive end of the wine list: two bottles of £125 Perrier Jouët champagne, two magnums of £125 Château Rahoul, one of £245 Château d’Yquem 1996, a concluder of £220 vintage port and – just for the road – eight large Taliskers at £367.60. Staggering – although £18.50 for a “ménage à trois”, as itemised among the starters, is arguably rather good value. Presumably one of the party of four had to sit that one out.