Sam’s Perspective on our First Date “Venue”

Time has flown and it almost weirds me out that Sam and I have been together for almost half a decade. Late summer 2010 doesn’t seem that long ago, right? Heading to work the other day, I walked past the site of our first date and I was pretty surprised to realise how much time had passed.

So I asked Sam about that first date location- and you, lovely, readers, can read it below. I must admit, he makes me out to be some kind of party pooper. I’m not as much of a wet blanket as he claims (although it’s true that I said I was drinking gin and tonic when it was actually water with lime.) 

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Here’s an actual photo from that day. So young. So unsure about each other.

The first time I took Amanda out we went on a pub crawl around central London. What a romantic I am, right? It was actually a double-date with a girl that she was studying with and my best friend from school. 

We showed up to the first place early, feeling very pleased with ourselves as we awaited the arrival of two very attractive American girls. We sipped our pints, then finished our pints, then ordered some more pints. They were late. Inexcusably late. We had all but given up hope and had resigned ourselves to a night just the two of us, when in they walked.

I mainly drink in a group of pubs run by a brewery called Samuel Smith’s. Now, you might argue that it’s because I’m a skinflint (the price of drinks is a little bit cheaper than the extortion one experiences at other pubs), but it’s mainly because I like the beer, the buildings themselves are almost untouched with original features (a ‘proper’ pub, if you like), and if you know where to look there is always one within walking distance.

A decade ago I mapped out a route, gathered some friends together and The Sammy Smiths Pub Crawl was born. There are 18 nice pubs (plus a few grottier ones that we tend to avoid) all within five minutes walk of each other bunched down little roads and hidden away from the main busy drags of central London. The way it worked is that we would do a half pint in each and see how far we got! These were some of my favourite days: the perfect opportunity to get a big group of people together, have a good old time, and have a nice walk into the bargain.

Amanda isn’t one for pub crawls really. She’ll join in, for sure, but she’s far too classy and well brought up. On our first date she had a couple of dainty drinks but then began persuading the barmen to make glasses of tap water look like gin and tonics. A great ploy – I didn’t work it out for ages!

Do you have any rituals with your friend groups that match the Sammy Smith’s?

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  • hahaha that is hilarious! I know I had a bit of a problem when I got here – I’m not so used to the pub culture and didn’t drink that much. I’ll definitely use that gin & tonic looking water someday 🙂

  • Getting the barman to disguise water as gin and tonic is a genius idea!

    • Sometimes you have to acknowledge that you can’t keep up – but still want to keep up appearances and save face 😉 xx

  • Haha this made me laugh!
    On one of my first dates with Joe he wanted to do tequila shots but I just CANNOT for fear of spontaneous vomit so I asked the barman to fill my shot glass up with water. I was knocking them back at that stage!

  • Hahaha awww you guys are adorable. AND AMANDA YOUR HAIR IS SO SHORT.

    Mine and Gary’s first date was an improvised pub crawl of Southbank haha. nd we fnished the night with burritos from the Wahaca cart. How to tell if a guy likes you: eat the messiest food in all the word. If he’s still interested, you gots yourself a keeper! xx

    • Oh my goodness it was way shorter than that too, that was it “grown out”. Not everyone can rock an ear length bob. And by that, I mean hardly anyone.

      I’d propose to a man if he bought me a burrito on a first date! x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Lol! I drank tea on my first date with Mr S, little did he know what I was really like…
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • I wish I could say the first date I had with Fredrik was so classy but it was a group trip to a rave and with another friend we drank a bottle of vodka before we even left and then Fredrik and I got lost and never even made it to the rave while my friend who was visiting did and ended up coming home hours after us!

  • Ala

    Ohhh you two are so brilliant! I hope you went to the Jon Snow? Haha! x

  • Haha, I’ve played the “gin and tonic” but really it’s just water game before! Lol

  • Baahahahahahaha

  • amitygardens

    Y’all are so freaking cute! BABIES!!

  • bahaha, gin and tonic tap water, amazing. I wish I wasn’t such a drinker and thought of that sometimes.

  • Ok, the thing I hate about pub crawls is that you lose your seat. If you’re in an amazing pub and have the PERFECT seating area all to yourself all of a sudden some party maniac in your group wants to leave, because pub crawls “are so much fun”. No. Know what’s fun? Sitting here where it’s nice and I can actually hear the conversation, rather than skulking into the overcrowded pub down the road and having to stand by the bar and yell at each other while holding our coats because there are no tables left free there. Ugh. Ok, that turned into a rant.

  • The water/cocktail trick has been useful to me! I once asked a very accommodating bartender for water in my martini glass when someone wanted to buy me another drink. Usually, I don’t hide the water. Every other drink as water, and never going over my limit are musts. The older I get the more I have to stick to the rules to avoid nasty nasty hangovers.

    • Every hangover past 25 just started to feel like death for me! Not to mention the fact that I’m a huge lightweight! x

  • I actually discovered water with lime this summer, and I’m in love. I’ve never liked water with lemon, but at lunch last month, the server put lime in our water instead. I’ve been drinking it nonstop since then. At home I’m lazy and just buy the bottle of lime juice. I’ve already gone through one and bought another today.

    I’m also very impressed that Sam put together his own pub crawl. If Dan and I are ever in England, I don’t suppose y’all would take us on it? Not that Dan nor I would drink very much, but it sounds like so much fun!

    • Water and lime is one of my favourite drinks (so sorry, so boring). Way superior to water and lemon 🙂

      Taking people on this pub crawl is one of Sam’s greatest pleasures in life so I guarantee he’d be ectastic to take you. And never fear – I’m the world’s biggest lightweight x