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"hesitant to review a function that very few of our readers would ever be able to attend."
That's exactly why you should review it, and thank you so much for doing so! Even though I am English and would love to go a Garden Party in honour of the Queen, (if only to see how the other half live) , I have never had the honour.
I am sure one of the reasons people enjoy Chez Pim so much is because she goes to all the restaurants the rest of us can only dream about. And now we can dream about Royal English tea parties too.
thanks to you.

Thanks, Sam - I hadn't really thought of it that way. The same is true for all the mouth-watering reviews you do too as I don't know when I'll next be in your neck of the woods. So far, I've visited CA once in 38 years, not a great record!

Does the UK have a consulate in SF? If so you might want to try cultivating a friendship or two... ;) Most consulates and embassies hold a QBP once a year.

We were invited to the one in Tashkent this year too, thanks to an ex-Paris diplomat who has moved on. But it was a long way to go (and to a violent place) for a party...

This is a great post! Living vicariously is a good 30% of my life!

Did they play "My Country 'Tis of Thee"?

Ohmygosh Barrett you've just reminded me - as we arrived the band was playing the theme from Raiders of ther lost arc and then they went into an eery bad guys theme from Star Wars! I don't know if it was the same band as the marching one, though, which stuck to military stuff and ended (as always) with God save the Queen. And if you REALLY want to offend, you can hum the words "my country 'tis of thee" under your breath whiled they do...

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Sounds like a LOT of fun. You do lose points for not knowing the name of the beer though.

I would have been sorely tempted to be much ruder to the queueing man. I would have done something like dropped deeper into my Sowf Lundun accent and made some remark about the decline of the Empire or about how that explained their lack of sausages.

But it does sound like an interesting event and absolutely you should write about the things we can't do. After all, that's what you are in Paris for isn't it? To let us live vicariously through your adventures...

It was an Adnams beer but it had a name I'd never seen before...anyway I defy anyone to remember after a night of sampling champagne, gin, beer and whisky!

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