Pub Psychology at The Antelope

By mthomas

My friend and fellow psychologist Nash Popovic is slumming it body surfing in Hawaii and asked me to speak to his ‘Pub Psychology’ group at the Antelope (pictured left) in Eaton Terrace last night. I do not get over to Chelsea very much nowadays but spent a lot of time there in the 90s so it was pleasantly nostalgic to amble down the King’s Road.

I popped into the Saatchi Gallery but was underwhelmed by the works in the current exhibition; ‘The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture.  I was lucky enough to attend the Sensations show opening and cannot see how things have really moved on from then. Dead horses and Chapman style mannequins, it all felt a bit old hat so I quickly headed for the Antelope. I hadn’t been there previously and it seemed a nice little local pub.

Nash convenes the group with Michael Toppin who produces TV programmes but is also passionate about all things Psychological. Previous topics have included ‘dreams’, relationships and wellbeing and the group meets weekly. It attracts a diverse and engaging group up for some friendly banter. It was a pleasure to discuss wine with them and was interesting to note the healthy spread of ages, experience and interests.

If you are interested in attending future sessions contact the Personal WellBeing Centre on 0845458256




Wine and Sushi at the King Eddie, E15

By mthomas

The inside of the Eddie

The inside of the Eddie

I had a great evening last week at the King Edward in Stratford (The King Eddie to locals).  The Manager, Kendall, organises themed tastings with able support from Matthew Bradford (formerly sommelier at the Groucho club).

The night was all about matching wine with sushi and there were demonstrations from one of the few women sushi chefs who have ‘broken into’ this male dominated career. The sushi was a really good standard and Matt had a brave stab at finding wines to match. I enjoyed a Picpoul de Pinet (and am a fan of this humble but versatile grape) but a Californian Rose’ with tuna sashimi didn’t really work for me as it was a bit  ‘turkish delight’ . I think one from Provence or the Languedoc might have been more successful. It is a hard call to match when pickled ginger and soy sauce are involved and, in general, I would always choose chilled sake’. However, Matt struck me as one of the better (more engaging, informed and honest, tasting hosts on the circuit) and I would recommend these nights.

It was good to catch up with my friend and colleague Ash (Ashok Jansari) a neuropsychologist who is getting a lot of media coverage for his work on brain injury. Ash has been bitten by the wine bug and I look forward to tasting with him in the future.