Instead of feasting on £70 starters as hoped, we chomped our way through canapes served in a sparsely decorated function room.
The evening improved, however, when it emerged that chief executive Joy Le Fevre has friends in high places. PRWeek spotted former EastEnders star Deepak Verma, no less, who played Sanjay Kapoor.
We also hear she's friends with Countdown king Richard Whiteley. Perhaps Le Fevre's contact book would be a good first port of call for producers of the next I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here?