Blog: The height of fine dining

Catherine Sleep | 10 May 2004

Could you climb a 7000m high mountain? Could you climb it carrying tables, chairs, silver cutlery, floral centrepieces, a candelabra and food and wine for a formal meal?

Six guys who live in my area have done just that. Their adventure culminated in a five course meal conducted up a mountain in Tibet in accordance with the rules of etiquette as outlined in Debrett’s. The meal included caviar, smoked duck and a cheeseboard, as well as a white wine specially altered to be consumed at altitude.

It’s a very British thing to do – extremely eccentric, hard work, a lot of fun and a bit silly. Obviously it’s also attention-seeking (“We’re mad, we are!”). It had a serious side too, though, since as well as winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records for high altitude formal dining, the team has raised a significant amount of money for the British Lung Foundation. Well done, boys.

They came, they saw, they dined


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