To comment about one of the pubs run by the MPW group puts me in an interesting position. Now, Marco Pierre White, the public face of the company, probably hasn’t a clue who I am, but I visited his trendy and successful restaurant in Wandsworth in 1989. At that time I was looking for chairs to sit my clients on at my new restaurant in Norwich. Marco came out and we talked about the ins and outs of our restaurants (presumably Gordon Ramsey was in the kitchen, getting dirty, cleaning down the stoves). He told me he was going to revamp the restaurant and I got the chance to offer to take his chairs off him, so we did a deal and I hired a van and drove down to pick them up. Marco and his girlfriend were there and helped to load up and they were the greatest chairs - lasted me 20 years and saw me into retirement. What a pity we didn’t bring them to Adlard’s In The Country! So, I have this kind of one-sided bond with Marco and have followed his career with elation, surprise and sometimes sadness.