Blind date: I wish it had been on a Friday: Idhave liked more cocktails

David gives James 10/10 for table manners but what about the score that really matters?

David on James

What were you hoping for?
A first chat that wasnt stilted Tinder fare.

First impressions?
Charming, warm and pretty easy on the eye.

What did you talk about?
Family, Christmas, our plans for the future, and the queen herself: JK Rowling.

Any awkward moments?
He doesnt drink coffee, which was quite the reveal, but by that point in the evening, hed built up enough good karma.

Good table manners?
Totally.

Best thing about James?
Damn, that mans a conversationalist.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
There are friends Im sure hed get along with.

Describe him in three words
Erudite, pleasant, groomed (in a good way).

What do you think he made of you?
I dont think I set his world alight. Which is fine. Nobody is meant for everyone.

Did you go on somewhere?
We called it a night after dessert.

And… did you kiss?
Only on the cheek.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Nothing. It was a pretty solid night.

Marks out of 10?
6.

Would you meet again?
Hes a great guy, but I think wed be better off as friends. I look forward to receiving his press releases.

James on David

What were you hoping for?
Someone fun and chatty.

First impressions?
Super-welcoming and polite, but I knew straight away he wasnt my usual type.

What did you talk about?
Work, family, hobbies, movies.

Any awkward moments?
A couple of awkward silences. I knew then this was nothing more than a nice meal.

Good table manners?
10/10.

Best thing about David?
His stories about New York.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Id be more than happy to.

Describe him in three words
Intelligent, polite, friendly.

What do you think he made of you?
We had a fair bit in common, which I think he liked a lot.

Did you go on somewhere?
No.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
That it had been a Friday: Id have liked more cocktails.

Marks out of 10?
6.

Would you meet again?
I dont think we would, no.

David and James ate at Mamies, London WC2.

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