Magazine article The Spectator

Table Manners

Magazine article The Spectator

Table Manners

Article excerpt

PLAYING as a guest at the Portland Club the other week, I was struck by how polite and considerate its members are - certainly in comparison with most rubber bridge players. There are no recriminations or raised voices. In fact, there's something anachronistic about the club; you feel you're surrounded by a bunch of old-fashioned gentlemen (although standards have slipped somewhat since the old days, when players had to wear top hats before dinner).

The Portland purportedly has its origins in a club called the Stratford. Legend has it that one member of the Stratford, a certain Colonel C., was so obnoxious that everyone wanted to get rid of him, but no one was willing to tell him directly. Instead, one day in 1825 while the Colonel was away, the entire membership decamped and reformed themselves as the Portland.

Today, the same insistence on good manners still prevails - but that doesn't mean that some of the members aren't wily old players. …

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