Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson writes The Spectator's Drink column. He was previously political editor of The Spectator.

The countryside’s eternal youth

26 August 2017 9:00 am

I once witnessed a rarer spectacle than Halley’s Comet. I heard Ted Heath tell a funny story. It related to…

The romantic king of clubs

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We were discussing romanticism, with me arguing that it should be confined to the boudoir, the bedroom, the library or…

My beef with David Cameron

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Insufficient attention has been paid to the history of naughty girls, who deployed allure to prosper in a male-dominated world.…

I nourish my dream of a fat pill

15 July 2017 9:00 am

As good conversation should, the talk meandered from the serious to the playful. One of the serious topics was overseas…

A toast to the new Scottish dawn

1 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Stands Scotland where it did?’ As the bottles circulated, we were able to answer Macduff’s question in much more optimistic…

Uncorking the past

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I have been thinking about the Dark Ages. This has nothing to do with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. A…

Rosé-tinted glasses

3 June 2017 9:00 am

It was a typical bank holiday. Usual English weather: glorious, until you leave home without a brolly. Then fickleness supervenes…

French fancies

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘That sweet enemy, France.’ It takes a poet to summarise centuries of military and diplomatic history. On a prosaic level,…

A very British bildung

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Over the long weekend I read a couple of bildungs-romans; one a revisit after many years, the other a recent…

A glimmer of hope

22 April 2017 9:00 am

I argued that it was unnecessary to have made sacrifices during Lent in order to celebrate its conclusion. It is…

A toast to unsung heroes

8 April 2017 9:00 am

We were talking about war, the desert and God. In the early Seventies, one of our number, Christopher James, had…

The fall of Paris

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

A vintage that tastes of Old Possum

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Eliot. After 50 years trying to make sense of his verse, and at the risk of admitting to rampant philistinism,…

A vintage that tastes of Old Possum

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Eliot. After 50 years trying to make sense of his verse, and at the risk of admitting to rampant philistinism,…

Cats and clarets

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Call me a sentimental old whatever, but watching a four-year old hearing The Tale of Samuel Whiskers for the first…

Cats and clarets

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Call me a sentimental old whatever, but watching a four-year old hearing The Tale of Samuel Whiskers for the first…

Bloody Marys and glorious Jean

11 February 2017 9:00 am

To the Western Isles, or at least to its embassy in Belgravia. Boisdale restaurant always claims to be extra-territorial. There…

Bloody Marys and glorious Jean

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

To the Western Isles, or at least to its embassy in Belgravia. Boisdale restaurant always claims to be extra-territorial. There…

Bloody Marys and glorious Jean

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

To the Western Isles, or at least to its embassy in Belgravia. Boisdale restaurant always claims to be extra-territorial. There…

Cold War collation

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I know an immensely grand aristocratic lady, impeccably mannered, with a regal grace and presence, who cannot be trusted near…

Cold War collation

26 January 2017 3:00 pm

I know an immensely grand aristocratic lady, impeccably mannered, with a regal grace and presence, who cannot be trusted near…

Sherry to start

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Someone came up with a century-old quotation plangent with irony and sadness: ‘The year 1916 was cursed: 1917 will surely…

Sherry to start

12 January 2017 3:00 pm

Someone came up with a century-old quotation plangent with irony and sadness: ‘The year 1916 was cursed: 1917 will surely…

Harry, Jeffrey and Benoit

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…

Harry, Jeffrey and Benoit

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…