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Blind date: ‘She ordered four shots of tequila before she’d sat down to dinner’ | Life and style


Sam on Jenn

What were you hoping for?
Good food, decent chat, to avoid being embarrassed in a national newspaper.

First impressions?
Very strong. Jenn had ordered four shots of tequila before she even sat down.

What did you talk about?
Cyrano de Bergerac. Mountaineering. Miami. Karaoke. Berlin nightlife. Ghosting. Finsbury Park. Pub quizzes. Urban vineyards. Classical music.

Any awkward moments?
When Jenn expressed disappointment that I’m not quite 6ft tall.

Good table manners?
Impeccable. She averted her gaze when I removed the fish bones from my teeth.

Best thing about Jenn?
Her stamina – Jenn goes hard or goes home. She only yawned once during our eight-hour date.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
100%. She is great fun and could charm the skin off a snake.

Describe Jenn in three words?
Hilarious, loquacious, effervescent.


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strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we
take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the
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Can I choose who I match with?
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to be.

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the nicest ones.

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Your first name, job and age.

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Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your feedback.

What do you think she made of you?
That I wooed her with my encyclopaedic knowledge of London bus routes and my ability to finish all the free drinks.

Did you go on somewhere?
The rooftop bar at Duck & Waffle.

And … did you kiss?
What happens at Duck & Waffle stays at Duck & Waffle.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
Three espresso martinis would have been more than enough.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Yes, definitely, as friends. Sadly, I don’t think there was a romantic spark, but I loved every minute of our marathon date.

Sam and Jenn on their date
Jenn Perry. Blind Date photographed 10 February 2022 in London Bridge

Jenn on Sam

What were you hoping for?
A hilarious anecdote for my friends, a great dinner and a fun night.

First impressions?
Sam was friendly and enthusiastic, with a lovely smile – and he shared my approach to the meal: to overorder.

What did you talk about?
The simple pleasures of a microwave meal. Where the north begins.

Any awkward moments?
He told me he was going to Miami, and I said I’d never been to the west coast of America … I immediately realised my mistake by the look on his face.

Good table manners?
Excellent, although his attempt to impressively debone his sea bream was a bit anticlimactic.

Best thing about Sam?
He’s fun! I felt at ease and time flew by.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yes, he’s super-interesting.

Describe Sam in three words?
Massive fish person.

What do you think he made of you?
A hardy northern lass who was mad for not wearing a jacket.

Did you go on somewhere?
We only had one option: a taxi to Duck & Waffle, where we stayed until 3am.

And … did you kiss?
A lady doesn’t kiss and tell … (we did).

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I would’ve had more of his truffle chips at 2am.

Marks out of 10?
A strong 8.

Would you meet again?
We exchanged numbers, so who knows.

Sam and Jenn ate at Hawksmoor Borough, London SE1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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