Media Lunch: Richard Hillgrove, founder, Hillgrove PR

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The venue: The Thomas Cubitt, in Elizabeth Street, Belgravia. It was recommended to me by a diary editor, who told me that everyone was going there. It's much better than a typical gastro-pub.

The company: I had William Chase down, who founded Tyrrells Crisps and, more recently, Chase Vodka, which has just won the best vodka at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards. His son also came and we were joined by Steve Butcher, who is editor of MSN's food and drink website.

The conversation: We spoke about how small, boutique producers of spirits are doing very well in supermarkets at the moment, and about MSN's success with their food and drink offering, and how everyone could work together.

On the menu: I had the spiced rack of lamb with smoked potato and roasted garlic and rosemary jus, and we had a bottle of white wine, a Gavi.

Come here often? I like the Wolseley, but I tend to go to a lot of Richard Caring's restaurants. It's good if you're trying to impress a journalist to take them somewhere that is known to be "happening".

The Thomas Cubitt, 44 Elizabeth St, London SW1

Thethomascubitt.co.uk

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