Magazine article The Spectator

Dealmakers Lunch Where the Customers Are, So the City Is Going West

Magazine article The Spectator

Dealmakers Lunch Where the Customers Are, So the City Is Going West

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Geoffrey Ackroyd was the partner in Cazenove who developed a strategy for lunching: 'The Savoy,' he would say, 'is a jolly nice little place for lunch, and nice and handy, because you can get there on a number 11 bus.' New strategies will now be needed, for the City is drifting westwards, and Angelo Maresca is showing the way. For two decades he was the impresario of the Savoy Grill, Geoffrey Ackroyd's nice little lunch spot and sometimes known as the Dealmakers' Arms. Then the management ordered a revamp, a clash of wills broke out between the Grill's modish new chef and its unreconstructed City customers, and Mr Maresca retired gracefully - but now that he is popping up again, with equal grace, to help Sir Rocco Forte give the kiss of life to Brown's Hotel, will the dealmakers go with him? …

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