Magazine article Management Today

Table Talk: Where Tom Bloxam Eats

Magazine article Management Today

Table Talk: Where Tom Bloxam Eats

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I tend to have short lunches with no alcohol, although I actually prefer long lunches with lots of it. I avoid drinking too much until the deal's done. Equally, I try not to talk business if I'm out to celebrate something.

The place I use most is the Restaurant Bar & Grill in Manchester. It's a local institution, a buzzy place popular with management professionals, as well as people on a night out. It's basically in a glass box stuck on top of a '60s building - you can sit there and watch Manchester go by.

They usually keep a table for me, which is nice, but the other day I was disappointed to be shown somewhere else. The Glazer brothers were sitting at my usual table. I waited to see if any United fans were going to cause trouble, but the minders on the next table probably put them off.

I've been going to the Restaurant Bar & Grill since it opened about six years ago. It was bought recently, but they've done well to keep the same level of service - many of the staff have been there since day one. …

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