Welcome

Welcome to the website of Gusto Dining Club, the London dining club for gay men.

About Gusto

Gusto is a dining club. The set-up is simple; on the first Wednesday of each month we meet up for a meal in London.

If you’d like to come along then email reservations@gusto-dining.co.uk to make your initial booking.

The meal is usually a three-course affair with wine and coffee.

EACH DINER PAYS AN EQUAL SHARE OF THE BILL!

Any and all suggestions are welcome.

See our FAQ page for the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Restaurants

Palms of Goa

The next Gusto meal is at Palms of Goa at 7pm on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017. The cuisine is Indian (Goan). Estimated price per head: £40 Palms of Goa 12 Charlotte Street W1T 2LU Nearest station: Goodge Street (Northern Line). Remarks Dinner starts at 7pm Reservations Gilles C. John H. Richard A. Stuart R. Be …

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Four Lanterns

Four Lanterns at 7pm on Wednesday 5th July, 2017. The cuisine is Greek. Actual price per head: £36 Four Lanterns 96 Cleveland Street W1T 6NP Nearest station: Great Portland Street (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, and Metropolitan Line). Remarks Food was tasty, with a good menu choice. Two of our number had the Meze, and …

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Brazilian Gourmet

Brazilian Gourmet at 7pm on Wednesday 7th June, 2017. The cuisine is Brazilian. Actual price per head: £41 Brazilian Gourmet 70 Cleveland Street W1T 6LY Nearest station: Great Portland Street (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, and Metropolitan Line). Remarks Major customer service problem. We had a waitress who clearly didn’t like us. I’m not …

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FAQ (Frequenty Asked Questions)

THE CLUB

THE MEMBERS

THE VENUES

MEMBERSHIP

BOOKING

ATTENDING A DINNER

AND FINALLY…

  • Just take the plunge – come along and enjoy!!

THE CLUB

What does the club provide?

The club was established a number of years ago with the aim of giving gay men an opportunity to socialise with each other over dinner. Eating out allows an opportunity to meet in a friendly environment. Events are organised every month, usually on a Wednesday evening.

How many people attend each event?

There are usually twelve, or more, people at each dinner with places
being limited on a “first come first served” basis. That way you get an
opportunity to talk to most people and for Ian, who personally hosts each session, to create a friendly ambience with just the right number of people.

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THE MEMBERS

How many members are there?

The club has been running for several years now and has a membership of some 230+ gay men.

Is the club for
single people or couples?

The club attracts both singles and couples alike, with approximately 90% of members currently single.

Is it a club to meet other people
socially or to meet a partner?

Why anyone chooses to come to the club is really down to the individual. Many people simply want to expand their social circle but, equally well, there are a number of relationships that have started as a result of people joining the club.

What sort of men come along?

The club attracts men who are looking for somewhere to meet other
like-minded men, to talk without having to shout over loud music, and enjoy good food and wine at the same time.

What age range does the club cover?

The age range is varied – from 20 through to over 60 with some of the best conversation from the more mature members!

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THE VENUES

What sort of events do you provide?

Most occasions involve dinner, but the club also occasionally holds
lunches, or arranges a trip to a show or the theatre.

How much does an event cost?

Each meal is usually a three-course affair with wine and coffee.
THE BILL IS SPLIT EVENLY
between those dining. How much a meal costs depends on what people order.

How does it compare price-wise with other clubs?

Nobody is making any money from the Gusto meals except the restaurants.
With no costly overheads the price is obviously less than other clubs who have a markup on events as well as annual membership fees in some cases. To cover the cost of running the website we are happy to accept donations from anyone who thinks a worthwhile service is provided.

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MEMBERSHIP

Is there a membership fee?

There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE.

Can I try the club before joining?

Of course.

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BOOKING

How do I book?

If you’d like to come along then emailto make your initial booking.

Can I book on the day?

Generally this is not possible as most events are usually fully booked well in advance. Occasionally, however, you may hit lucky and get a cancellation at the last minute.

Can I pay by credit card?

Generally yes, although cash is preferred as it makes for a smoother departure from the restaurant! Some restaurants will not accept credit cards.

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ATTENDING AN EVENT

What is the dress code?

Usually it is smart casual.

I’m quite shy and nervous of turning up
on my own. Will I be out of place?

Most men come on their own so you will be in good company! There are usually new people at each event, so you will rarely be the only ‘new boy’ on the block. Ian, the club organiser, personally hosts almost every event and ensures that introductions are made and that everybody has a good time!

What time do I turn up?

We usually start at seven o’clock. You should turn up a little early, and the meal will begin shortly afterwards. Please try not to arrive too early as Ian will be making last-minute checks with the venue and may not therefore be available to greet you. And please try not to be late either or you will find we have had to start without you!

Who do I ask for on arrival?

You can ask for Ian Sweeney and the restaurant manager will show you over to the table. Ian will then greet you and ensure that you are introduced to other members and that you have a good time.

How long do dinners last?

Dinners can go on until the restaurant asks us to leave!! After many of the evening sessions some people head off to one of the many men’s clubs that are available in central London.

AND FINALLY…

Just take the plunge – come along and enjoy!!

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