Guests at an industry dinner were shocked to spy, as the soup-course arrived, what one describes to Diary as 'a ruddy great cockroach' scuttling across the table.
The quick-thinking Mellor imprisoned the beast in a glass.
So, does one of the capital's most media-friendly eateries have a pest-control problem?
Its general manager responds: 'A beetle-like insect was found on one of the tables. The next morning our pest-control company investigated the matter and I am pleased to confirm that their report states there was absolutely no evidence of any cockroach activity.'
That's alright, then.