Thanks Ishbel, will try to get a reservation at Smiths at Smithfield. Have been to the Cock Tavern in Smithfield market and the Fox and Anchor for breakfast, urp, assume it is in the same area.
Agree that £50 is not extravagant for most upper scale places in London (although with the exchange rate for us Yanks, yipes).
Went to the 1880 at the Bentley last October (we try to go to one special dinner while we are there) and ordered one of the tasting menus, forget which one. The menu was about £70 or so, and we were quite disappointed.
If our experience was typical, that place has about as much chance of earning a Michelin star as I do for my chili (although I do like my chili).
So fifty quid seems like a deal.
Having a guest star chef make a special meal is something I would love to try.
Cookingongas sounds like that night might be a whole lot of fun.