Steve Dinneen
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FIVE City brokers headed down to 1 Lombard Street on Friday lunchtime for a sumptuous seasonal feast of roast grouse. They whetted their appetites with scallops, foie gras and carpaccio of beef, before moving on to main courses of the aforementioned grouse, lobster and an entire suckling pig. Somehow, they also managed to fit in puddings – a rhubarb compote, “Lombardo” praline, feuillantine of caramelised apples and Guinness ice cream – and then found extra room for some cheese.

To wash down that hoard, they drank 1997 Cristal, a bottle apiece of Meursault Clos de la Barre 2003, Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1982 and Chateau Ausone 1998, some Chateau de Fargues sweet wine, Dow’s port and a round of Highland Park whiskies.

Now there’s a return to old-school City living if ever The Capitalist saw one.