The restaurant that lobbying built. Is it any good?

‘Just had lunch for the first time at Roux Parliament Square. It is a real find.’

So Tweeted the never knowingly under-lunched Peter Bingle, top lobbyist at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, at 2pm on May 24th.

A few weeks later, Bingle and his ilk are still flocking to Michael Roux Junior’s trendy new establishment on Great George Street – to the extent that it is becoming difficult to spot MPs in The Cinnamon Club.

At least that was my experience last week. Maybe I just haven’t aquainted myself with all the newbies yet. But I raised the issue on Twitter and my hunch was confirmed in no uncertain terms by the mysterious yet all-knowing Jen725:

‘They’re all at Roux at Parliament Square these days.’

So there you have it. The lobbyists love it. The MPs are defecting.  The new place must be pretty good eh?

Er no, says The Guardian’s Jay Rayner:

‘When I say that a party of chartered surveyors would feel very comfortable here, I don’t mean it in a good way. It feels like the restaurant that political lobbying built, or at least that the idea of political lobbying built.

‘Let’s open a big fancy restaurant, they said, just an MP’s fart away from the Commons, where lobbyists can marinate politicians in Château Lafite and sticky veal jus and perfect crème anglaise.’

The food critic manages to convey the impression he and his pals might not be returning:

‘No, not on our own dime or even that of an eager political lobbyist.’

Oh well. More room for Bingle and the boys!

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One response to “The restaurant that lobbying built. Is it any good?

  1. Finger on the pulse, eh?

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