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A square meal at the Trafalgar

A square meal at the Trafalgar
Posted on Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Our July dinner and social at the Trafalgar Hotel was attended by slightly fewer than usual - but the large amount of bonhomie certainly made up for this. Very centrally placed on the south side of Trafalgar Square, what had been a vast, impersonal 'works canteen' has been miraculously transformed into a smart, comfortable, modern bar and restaurant. The food was very good and the bar prices very reasonable - so a good time was had by all!

A liberal time on the terrace

A liberal time on the terrace
Posted on Monday, 6th August 2018

Once again our annual visit to the magnificent National Liberal Club at the end of June broke all our records for popularity, and after dinner, what a balmy evening to spend on the long terrace by the Thames! More seating has been provided there recently, creating a very sociable atmosphere while still allowing plenty of room. Beyond the bar, there is also the huge Smoking Room (where smoking is forbidden) but our member Alan (pictured left) had no intention of lighting up!

Even more of us come to Mamma

Even more of us come to Mamma
Posted on Tuesday, 12th June 2018

On the first day of June, a large crowd of us assembled at the bustling Kings Cross Italian restaurant 'Casa Mamma' prior to our usual walk en masse to 'City Boys' suit and tie night at Central Station pub. As last year, our record number could only be accommodated by opening an additional large room for us, and without any fuss, we were treated to an excellent meal, served efficiently by our jovial, if hard-pressed, waiter. Needless to say, a fun evening followed, the details of which will have to remain confidential!

The benefits of the Colony

The benefits of the Colony
Posted on Monday, 4th June 2018

The Colony Grill at the Beaumont Hotel has a good reputation and on May 15th we discovered why! One cannot better the description given by Michael, one of the participants:-
“What a delightful restaurant and what an elegant ‘buzz’! Quite a curious menu, but the food was excellent, and I was impressed by the service. I found the decor and lighting warm and comforting - and flattering to its patrons. The series of Art Deco images depicting traditional sports for gentlemen of leisure are absolutely fantastic. I was particularly struck by the image of marlin fishing, which took me back to my childhood in San Diego.” A highlight (pictured) was the spectacularly flambed banana dessert presented to one lucky colleague!

CLIVE BAKER  1948-2018

CLIVE BAKER 1948-2018
Posted on Thursday, 31st May 2018

The large number of us who knew Clive will be shocked and saddened by his sudden death on May 19th, due to kidney failure. Clive joined SATS in 1997 and has been a towering support ever since, attending a large number of our events consistently over the past 21 years. His advice and recommendations have always proved wise and invaluable, and we will feel his loss very keenly.
Typically, Clive had attended the dinner and social at the Strand Palace Hotel on April 27th and was in his usual good form. He was - as so often - accompanied by Stephen, his partner of 18 years, who was with him at the hospital when he slipped away. Clive and Stephen had first met at a SATS dinner in May, 2000, soon after Stephen joined, and they have been virtually inseparable ever since. I am sure that we would all wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to Stephen at this difficult time.

 

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