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Three of us - Reg and I are not so dewy-eyed that we don't sometimes now ask friends along - chose different dishes from the quite long dinner menu embellished by a list of "Petersham classics".
A powerful, heavily reduced veal stock, a demi-glace you might describe as hotel-style, cropped up as a slick around a first course of soft boiled quail's eggs on a puff pastry barquette topped with Hollandaise; as an accompaniment to saddle of lamb en croute - perfectly cooked meat - served with its kidney on a skewer; and some relation of the sauce, a distant cousin, also appeared with the pot-roasted chicken assembly where the best bit was thigh meat served with an orange and olive salad.
The Binghams are also related to the Spencers; Lady Bingham's sister Lavinia married the second Earl of Spencer, progenitor of sorts to dear Diana.
During our Sunday lunch I see at least a dozen men who answer to his description, but I cannot confirm whether "Lucky" Lucan – known as Lord Bingham before 1964 – is indeed present.
The bar’s design features "bright and striking prints, hanging foliage and large palms", with images of birds scattered around the walls.
Customers can sit in a front terrace "brimming with lush plants" or an open-air courtyard providing "an urban garden retreat" to soak up the sun or gaze at the stars.
Lorraine said: "We are delighted to be opening Little Bird in Battersea this summer, our aim is to bring some stylish fun to the area." Little bird is located at 1 Battersea Rise and open Monday to Friday from 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm.
An unsung perk of my job is being able to ask people I take a shine to out for a meal.There are also oak floors and furniture that has been exclusively designed and made by specialist joiners. Breakfast is served in a modern, brightly lit kitchen (cruelly so if you’ve had a big night out) with a full Scottish cooked breakfast, baked bread, and continental options – all self service, and included in the room price.Little things make an extra difference, too: complimentary sparkling water bottles, replenished each day of our stay, playful tubes of Smarties.You can end up pounding the streets a fair bit: on our brief visit we clocked up 11 miles’ walking on the second day, from a trek down to the river Clyde and over Finnieston and Kelvingrove in the West End, then back to Merchant City and on to the East End.