I won something!

As boy I was a very poor sportsman. Whilst my older brother George was always winning things, my trophy cabinet was bare. In fact I didn’t have a trophy cabinet, there just wasn’t the need. Looking back, I think the only thing I ever won was the Sixth Form History prize in 1995. The prize was a £25 book token. Now 17 years later, I have won something else and it’s considerably better than a book token. Jancis Robinson has been running a competition on her site over the last few months where readers have submitted restaurant reviews and mine has just been chosen as the winner. You can read my review of the Giaconda Dining Room here. The prize is a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 1996. Now who to share it with?


About Henry

Henry Jeffreys was born in London. He has worked in the wine trade, publishing and is now a freelance journalist. He specialises in drink and his work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. He was a contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013) and his book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass was published in November 2016.
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8 Responses to I won something!

  1. Congratulations – you deserve it. A lovely piece of writing, with several sentiments we share concerning trendy Soho restaurants! Sounds just our kind of place, and just our clientele, actually – although no indication how much it costs…?

    We only ever come close to winning things ourselves – like this runner-up – so well done on coming first.

  2. Henry says:

    Thanks for your kind words.

    Your article reminds me of a wine shop in Barcelona where I was almost forcefully ejected for browsing. A scruffy young Englishman gazing intently at bottles must be up to no good.

    Giaconda isn’t expensive, £6-7 for starters, £15-20 for mains, but neither is it very cheap.

  3. Judith Burns says:

    Congratulations Henry, very well done! You should be very proud of yourself. We love your writing and it’s no surprise to us you won.

  4. Chaz Folkes says:

    Great article and well deserved!

  5. Of course it won! It’s a smile from start to finish and a brilliant review. Only sad at the moment that we never ate there. Sigh. Next time.

  6. Henry says:

    Thanks for all the kind words. I’m so pleased about this

  7. worm says:

    top work henry!

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