Blind date: ‘I had to attack my oyster with a knife’

Hal on Izzy
What were you hoping for?
To be honest, I had wanted to go to the restaurant for a while, so at the very least, great food. Also, a nice evening with good conversation.

First impressions?
Izzy was lovely and down to earth, confident but not overpowering, and easy to talk to. I was a bit nervous but she made me feel at ease, or maybe it was the wine?

What did you talk about?
Travel, our work and the travesty that is online dating. We also discussed the heavy topics you should avoid on a first date: sexuality, religion, politics.

Any awkward moments?
We both didn’t really know a thing about wine and ended up with the sweetest white I have ever tasted. Then had the cote de boeuf.

Good table manners?
Hers were impeccable, I had an issue when my oyster wouldn’t detach and I had to attack it with a knife.

Best thing about Izzy?
She gave the impression she really knew who she was as a person. No false pretence, no hidden agenda.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
She could definitely handle them!

Describe Izzy in three words
Charismatic, warm, down to earth.

What do you think she made of you?
Travel snob! I was quite honest: it needs to be a hotel or I’m not going.

Did you go on somewhere?
We were last out and it was a Monday night, so taxis home in the rain it was.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Who knows, if circumstances had been different…

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Weather, and the day of the week.

Marks out of 10?
8.

Would you meet again?
I’d say yes!

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Izzy on Hal
What were you hoping for?
I was excited about being able to get a bit dressed up and hoping for good food, tipsiness and flirtatiousness.

First impressions?
I liked that Hal had worn a shirt.

What did you talk about?
Travel, food, alcohol, faith.

Any awkward moments?
When Hal brought up possible answers to the awkward-moment question, as well as how I would answer about his table manners.

Good table manners?
Hal kindly offered me some of his starter, which was thoughtful. We also ordered too much food and asked for rest to go, which he said I could enjoy – so top marks.

Best thing about Hal?
Lovely blue eyes.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I’m not sure how well they would get along.

Describe Hal in three words
Friendly, conservative and kind.

What do you think he made of you?
I guess ordering oysters on a first date is a bit of a bold choice, so I’m not sure what he made of that. The conversation flowed well, so I’d like to think he found me friendly.

Did you go on somewhere?
It would have been a bit of a late one for a Monday to go anywhere else.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Probably not.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I would have ordered the magnum instead of just joking about it.

Marks out of 10?

  1. Lovely guy, but unfortunately no chemistry on my side.

Would you meet again?
Not romantically.