Blind date: ‘He graciously looked away when the feta cubes in my cocktail nearly fell on my face’

Blind Date Tim

Tim on Katherine

What were you hoping for?
Honestly, I didn’t come in with any real expectation. I was really just hoping for a kind and friendly face and no awkward conversations!

First impressions?
Attractive, trendy, smiley. Lovely earrings!


Fancy a 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.

What did you talk about?
A lot of things. Fitness. Travel. Life in London. Our respective origins. The conversation flowed naturally and I still feel as if I have a lot to ask. That’s a good sign, no?

Most awkward moment?
Not one, to be honest. I think she had a fish bone stuck in her teeth at one point but she dealt with it very well.

Good table manners?

Best thing about Katherine?
Katherine is so down to earth and grounded. She seems to have an adventurous spirit, which I respect (she ordered a cocktail with feta in it). We also seemed to have a lot in common.

Would you introduce Katherine to your friends?
For sure.

Describe Katherine in three words.
A beautiful person.

What do you think Katherine made of you?
I think she enjoyed the evening and our chat, and I hope she felt a positive vibe.

Did you go on somewhere?
We didn’t because we stayed in the restaurant for more than three and a half hours!

And … did you kiss?
A little peck on the cheek.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
That it had carried on.

Marks out of 10?
A wholehearted and honest 10.

Would you meet again?
Yes, please.

Tim and Katherine on their date.
Tim and Katherine on their date

Katherine on Tim

What were you hoping for?
Not to get roasted in their Q&A.

First impressions?
Impressed. After my story about my 10-minute bus journey, Tim revealed he had travelled from Birmingham.

What did you talk about?
How to eat oysters. Swimming/ running psychotically long distances. Wine that doesn’t give you a hangover.

Most awkward moment?
Walking in opposite directions at the end even though we were going to the same tube station.

Good table manners?
Flawless! Tim translated the menu and graciously looked away when the feta in my cocktail nearly fell on my face.

Best thing about Tim?
Seems at peace with himself and can pick a good jacket.

Would you introduce Tim to your friends?
They wish!

Describe Tim in three words.
Uplifting, adventurous, curious.

What do you think Tim made of you?
Alarmingly active.

Did you go on somewhere?
Just awkwardly back to the restaurant to take the selfie.

And … did you kiss?
Two on each cheek, very civilised.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I would have met the chefs: I think we were both more seduced by them!

Marks out of 10?
8 – I had a great time.

Would you meet again?
If I had a mountain of Greek food, Tim would be my phone-a-friend choice.

Tim and Katherine ate at Kima, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email