OFF to Vivat Bacchus’ champagne bar on Friday for a stylish private shindig where our diners munched their way through seven themed platters, including a selection of South African delicacies such as ostrich carpaccio and biltong, before picking at the restaurant’s finest British and French cheeses.

Washing all that down were wines from the South African “Vergelegen” wine region, as well as a generous six magnums of Billecart-Salmon rose champagne, bringing the bill to a not insubstantial £2,392.31.