Blind date: ‘I hoped he was my date’

Jonathan, 30, civil servant, and Oliver, 28, masters student

What were you hoping for?
Is it corny to say love at first sight? No pressure, Oliver.

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Jonathan on Oliver

What were you hoping for?
Is it corny to say love at first sight? No pressure, Oliver.

First impressions?
I hoped he was my date. He’s much cooler than me – I wish I could pull off a turtle neck.

What did you talk about?
London, the other cities we’ve been to that don’t compare. Politics. Which Hogwarts houses we belonged to.

Any awkward moments?
When he said a Blind date couple are getting married, he might have interpreted my silence as a sign I wasn’t into him – it was the opposite.

Good table manners?
Exemplary. Even when I ordered the pig’s head. Hufflepuffs like me need a Slytherin to encourage them to order the most expensive wine.

Best thing about Oliver?
He was easy to talk to and fascinating to listen to.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Definitely.

Describe Oliver in three words
Interesting, sophisticated and handsome.

What do you think he made of you?
He won’t tell me.

Did you go on somewhere?
I had work, so we headed off early. But I wish we hadn’t.

And… did you kiss?
No, we hugged goodbye.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
We’d have stayed out longer.

Marks out of 10?
8.

Would you meet again?
I’d love to. We swapped numbers.

Oliver on Jonathan

What were you hoping for?
A guy who could hold a conversation.

First impressions?
I thought an unattractive man who walked by was my date and was pleased he wasn’t. Jonathan was attractive.

What did you talk about?
Olivia Colman, politics and his master’s in witches.

Any awkward moments?
Thankfully, no.

Good table manners?
Much better than mine. I kept randomly dropping food.

Best thing about Jonathan?
That he pursues issues he is passionate about – like the environment.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
’Course. He seems as mad as my mates.

Describe Jonathan in three words
Interesting, passionate, inquisitive.

What do you think he made of you?
That I am a bit mad and probably talk too much.

Did you go on somewhere?
Does the station count?

And… did you kiss?
One does not kiss and tell.

If you could change one thing, what would it be?
That we’d had more wine.

Marks out of 10?
6.5.

Would you meet again?
Sure.

Jonathan and Oliver ate at The Restaurant at Sanderson, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’re looking to meet someone like-minded, visit soulmates.theguardian.com

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