Flack's Week: 10 February

Flack was out and about at the PRCA members' drinks, hearing of duets with Michael Bolton and noticing that a former Virgin Atlantic comms boss was flying BA. Plus we save on expenses...

Spotted: original Dragons' Den entrepreneur Doug Richard
Spotted: original Dragons' Den entrepreneur Doug Richard

The PRCA members' drinks in London's flashy Corinthia Hotel saw a trail of swooning PR girls left in the wake of Hugh Grant, who was enjoying drinks at a nearby table. Original Dragons' Den entrepreneur Doug Richard was also spotted. However, PRCA comms executive Aeneas Tole tried to upstage them both by proving he could eat an entire raw chilli. He looked pained ...

It emerged last week that FitFlop's press officer Katie Neiman has performed a duet with singer Michael Bolton with no rehearsal and to an audience that included Samuel L Jackson and Ronnie Wood. Talk about performing under pressure. To watch it, go to YouTube and search for 'Katie Neiman with Michael Bolton' ...

Leeds-based Chocolate PR made a bit of a booboo when it issued a mailout on behalf of the Association of Bus Operators in West Yorkshire - it didn't use enough stamps, resulting in an excess postal charge for those on the receiving end. Association chairman Keith McNally sent a letter of apology to all those affected - it was appropriately 'franked' ...

Among the thousands grounded by snow at the weekend was Perowne Charles Communications CEO Paul Charles, who was stuck on the tarmac at Singapore airport for 70 minutes. 'The captain told us Heathrow seemed to be in chaos,' revealed Charles to The Independent. Flack was more interested to see the former Virgin Atlantic comms boss was flying BA. Ouch.

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Hale-based Peppermint PR claims to be 'on a roll' after being appointed by children's luggage range, The Cuties and Pals. The company has seven different animal-style suitcases and matching backpacks. Flack thinks the staff must be 'wheelie excited' to have won the account.

Last weekend, while some were worrying about the impending snowfall, staff at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! London museum had other concerns. They inched an exhibit - a Mini Cooper covered in one million Swarovski gems - out of a smoke duct in the roof of the building and replaced it with a life-sized hand-knitted Ferrari, made from 12 miles of wool. It all sounds rather hairy.

Flack is pleased to inform readers that much-loved TV oldie Swap Shop with Keith Chegwin is back. Well, it was for a day. Confused.com set up its very own swap shop with Chegwin hosting at Victoria Station. Who needs Compare the Market's meerkats when you have Cheggers?

Flack: (Saving) on expenses - Charlotte's Bistro, London W4

Reviewer Hannah Kapff, account director, Road Communications.


What is it good for?

Charlotte's Bistro is fantastic for both client lunches and classy after-work drinks. The restaurant does wonderful set lunches for quick business eating or an à la carte menu for when one wants to splurge.

Signature dishes

For £15.95, one can feast on meals including mackerel with Yorkshire rhubarb, and beer-brined pork tenderloin together with crispy pork belly, red cabbage puree and salsify.

Silver mullet is back on the menu at the moment, and is superb. For dessert, the blood orange granita is highly recommended.

Who's the boss?

Executive chef is Wesley Smalley and the owner is Alex Wrethman, who has run Charlotte's Place - the sister restaurant in Ealing - for many years.

Tips please

The cocktails are just brilliant - really creative and won't break the bank at £7 to £8 a pop. Smaller dishes are also available in the bar.

What's the damage?

A two-course set lunch costs £12.95 and £15.95 for the three-course option.

Charlotte's Bistro, 6 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QP. 020 8742 3590.

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