City Pickwick Club (George & Vulture)
Monday 28th November 2016
This was not an Official Livery event, but I found so many people either from or connected to Liveries various, I thought I may as well mention it. I was seated with Tom Ackland (PM Mason 2001-2); Graham Jackman (PM Poulter 2013-14; PM Butcher 1999-2000; Liveryman Farmer and Art Scholar) and 'Mr Prothsee' (my hosts nom de plume) This is a men only dining club that meets in the famous and historic George & Vulture chop house once used by Dickens. The ladies have a rather more magnificent banquet once a year in a livery hall. Each member is allocated, and referred to, by a character from the Pickwick Papers and, at the cry of "muffins" everyone tucks into smoked salmon, steak and kidney pie, fruit salad and roundels of stilton, all washed down with copious bottles of wine and port. The menu never varies and the speaker is always fun. All guests, such as me, are introduced and city links and other eccentricities revealed. It's great fun as all the members are highly individual and if you are offered a chance to go as a guest (gents!), I'd advise you accept!