Blind date: ‘Describe Tom in three words? Not Jack Grealish’

Ellie on Tom

Ellie Dumper

What were you hoping for?
Flowing conversation, free food and to meet my future husband.

First impressions?
He was smartly dressed and relaxed.

What did you talk about?
Travelling adventures and the awkwardness of the photoshoot.

Any awkward moments?
He said he’s been likened to Jack Grealish and I couldn’t quite hold in my laughter.

Good table manners?
Faultless. We shared tapas, and when I mentioned I was vegetarian he agreed to go meat-free with me. He didn’t even criticise me when I ended up ordering the chorizo.


Want to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we
take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the
UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of
person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions
cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests,
preferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely
to be.

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the nicest ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that
Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply

Thank you for your feedback.

Best thing about Thomas?
He was super easy to talk to and has a genuine, warm laugh.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Why not. I’m sure they’d get on well.
Describe Tom in three words?
Not Jack Grealish.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully easy to talk to, probably a bit loud, definitely not vegetarian.

Did you go on somewhere?
After a few cocktails we went elsewhere for tapas and stayed there till midnight.

And … did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
He missed the last train and my tube broke down – so the transport home.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Our paths could definitely cross, but just as friends.

Ellie and Tom on their date.
Ellie and Tom on their date. Photograph: Courtesy Ellie and Tom

Tom on Ellie

Tom Wingfield for Blind date

What were you hoping for?
To meet someone I get on with and have a fun evening.

First impressions?
Really pretty and less nervous than me.

What did you talk about?
Travel stories, Covid, machete-wielding cycle thieves, music festivals, the merits of ballroom dancing vs twerking.

Any awkward moments?
I should have gone to the bar with her when we were trying to negotiate free cocktails rather than watching the barman’s look of confusion from afar.

Good table manners?

Best thing about Ellie?
She’s a 10/10 storyteller.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
They were trying to convince me to bring her to a roller disco afterwards.

I would have, but not on a first date.

Describe Ellie in three words?
Funny, smart, engaging.

What do you think she made of you?
Hopefully that I was good company.

Did you go on somewhere?
We headed to a little Spanish place up the road for tapas and wine until we noticed the place had emptied around us.

And … did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
Not a lot. Maybe a slightly less windy photoshoot?

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
I’d definitely like to.


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