Blind date: ‘The best thing about him? He gave me a cube of his tofu’ | Life and style

Jayne on Mark


What were you hoping for?
To have an experience outside of my comfort zone, whatever it was.

First impressions?
He was smiley and easy going.

What were you talking about?
From conversions. parenting. Veganism versus plant-based food.

All the awkward moments?
The conversation occasionally showed signs of drying up, so I jumped in a little too enthusiastically to rescue us from the void.

Good table manners?
Yes, we shared food, which I really liked.

The best thing about Mark?
He gave me a cube of his tofu.

Would you like to introduce Mark to your friends?
No, I wouldn’t. He seems quite reserved, so I think it will be difficult.

Describe Mark in three words.
A chip lover.

What do you think Mark has made of you?
Maybe he thought I was too talkative, but not his type.

Did you go somewhere?
To the metro station.

And… did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Had something to eat that day so the cocktail didn’t hit me so hard!

Points out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Absolutely not – no offense, Mark. He’s a nice guy, but we weren’t a match.

Question and answer

Do you want to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: Every week, two strangers are paired up over dinner and a drink, and then they come to us with the beans and answer a series of questions. It will appear, with a photo we take of each date 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 do I get?
We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of person you want to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, tell us what you think.

Can I choose who I match?
No, it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a little bit about your interests, preferences, etc. The more you tell us, the better the match is likely to be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we choose the best.

What personal data appears?
Your first name, position and age.

How do I answer?
Honest but respectful. Keep in mind how it will read your date and that Blind Date will reach a large audience, in print and online.

Can I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask for more details.

Do you find me The One?
We will try! Wedding! babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we’d love to hear from people who live elsewhere.

How to apply?
Email [email protected]

Thanks for your feedback.

Jayne and Mark on their date
Jayne and Mark on their date

Mark on Jayne


What were you hoping for?
A pleasant and cheerful evening out with good food.

First impression?
Jayne has beautiful blue eyes and is an all round nice person. I immediately felt relaxed and at ease.

What were you talking about?
Being on the blind date. The great restaurant menu. Family. Work. Celebrate. Vacation.

All the awkward moments?
Nothing comes to mind.

Good table manners?

The best thing about Jayne?
She was welcoming and easy to talk to. I felt comfortable the moment we met.

Would you like to introduce Jayne to your friends?
Only the fun ones.

Describe Jayne in three words.
Chilled, grounded and cheerful.

What do you think Jayne has made of you?
You’ll have to ask her.

Did you go somewhere?
No, Jayne had a long journey home and was afraid she would miss her last train.

And… did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Nothing, it was perfect.

Points out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Sure, as friends, but I suspect the distance between our homes could be a barrier.

Mark and Jayne ate at Holy Carrot, London SW1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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