Blind date: ‘I was too busy thinking about the six kids he said we’d have to notice his table manners’ | Life and style

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Aaron on Sid

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with drinks flowing, good company and good food.

First impressions?
Very cute and pretty. Sid appeared a little shy at first, but we quickly got comfortable with each other.

What did you talk about?
She told me about the time she got chucked off a plane, a story I found both interesting and absolutely hilarious.

Most awkward moment?
The waiter explaining the menu had a very strong accent and spoke very fast. Sid and I did not know what to make of it at first. But we ended up making friends with her.

Good table manners?
Absolutely: she fed me and I fed her.

Best thing about Sid?
Very talkative. I could also tell that she has a really bright personality.

Would you introduce Sid to your friends?
Yes, as long as she wouldn’t get them chucked off a flight to Venice.

Describe Sid in three words.
Fun, interesting and confident.

What do you think Sid made of you?
I think she liked that I was very flirtatious and fun to be around.

Did you go on somewhere?
It was a school night, and since we both work with young people, we thought it was best to go home and meet up another time.


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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.

And … did you kiss?
Yes. I think it is always important to kiss on the first date, to really show your attraction to the other person.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I would have done the date on a weekend, then we could have hung out more.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
I’d be more than happy to.

Sid and Aaron on their date
Sid and Aaron on their date

Sid on Aaron


What were you hoping for?
To meet my husband.

First impressions?
Gorgeous – he was wearing these glasses that gave off old-school Usher vibes.

What did you talk about?
A bit of everything really – he was really easy to talk to – but mainly our mutual love of EastEnders.

Most awkward moment?
Probably ordering two bottles of cava, because we weren’t paying – then learning that Aaron wasn’t much of a drinker.

Good table manners?
I was too busy thinking about the six kids he said we’d have to notice his table manners.

Best thing about Aaron?
His smile.

Would you introduce Aaron to your friends?
We actually FaceTimed my friend Eve during dinner.

Describe Aaron in three words.
Fun, confident and sexy.

What do you think Aaron made of you?
I’m not sure. I think he liked me.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, it was a school night.

And … did you kiss?
Ask Aaron.

If you can change one thing about the date what would it be?
I would have had the sea bream.

Marks out of 10
8. Feels weird to rate him, but it was a good date.

Would you meet again?
I hope so …

Aaron and Sid ate at Barrafina Borough Yards, London SE1. Fancy a blind date? Email

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