Blind date: ‘We both managed to choke on our wine’

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<span>Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Guardian</span>
Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Guardian

Tom on Katharyn

What were you hoping for?
Ideally, to meet the person I could move to the country and adopt huskies with. But generally, just to have nice chats with someone fun.

First impressions?
Beautiful eyes, big smile, super friendly.

What did you talk about?
Cats, dogs, family, how all our friends are having babies or moving out of London, talented sisters, work, board games, the festival she’s going to, my ukulele group – everything.

Any awkward moments?
We both managed to inhale our wine. That caused choking, coughing, etc, but also mutual back patting, which was nice. Oh, and a wasp became very interested in me when I was trying to finish my meal.

Good table manners?
No complaints at all.

Best thing about Katharyn?
Conversation with her is so easy.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Definitely, she could give them a run for their money in a game of Catan.

Describe Katharyn in three words
Friendly, sweet and fun.

What do you think she made of you?
Probably that I talk a bit too much.

Did you go on somewhere?
Unfortunately, no – she was off to meet friends for a games night and I’d been invited to a ceilidh, so we went our separate ways.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Probably that the wasp would have left me alone to eat, and also that I could have managed to drink a glass of wine like a normal human. Other than that, nothing – I had a really nice time.

Marks out of 10?
A solid 9.

Would you meet again?
Absolutely, though probably just as mates – we exchanged numbers, so I’m hoping for an invite to one of her games nights.

Blind date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: every week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we take of each dater before the date, in Guardian Weekend magazine (in the UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

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

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don't worry: we'll choose the nicest ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
Honestly but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

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

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

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

How to apply
Email blind.date@theguardian.com

Katharyn on Tom

What were you hoping for?
Good food with pleasant company. I love meeting new people and Tom sounded really interesting.

First impressions?
I arrived promptly and spotted him loitering outside the venue. I thought he looked friendly and cool.

What did you talk about?
Spending time with family now lockdown has lifted, ridiculous animal names, cladding, getting to the stage in life where everyone is starting to settle down, how excited I was to be on a Guardian Blind Date.

Any awkward moments?
A wasp wanted some of Tom’s roast, which he wasn’t keen to share. We both managed to choke on our wine.

Good table manners?
Tom said he would give me one of his roasties, but only if they weren’t very good. He did offer me one – and I can confirm that it was very good.

Best thing about Tom?
He clearly loves his friends and family.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I don’t see why not.

Describe Tom in three words
Talkative, enthusiastic, silly.

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What do you think he made of you?
Friendly and easygoing, I hope. Conversation flowed, but he didn’t ask me a huge number of questions.

Did you go on somewhere?
We walked each other to the tube.

And… did you kiss?
We did not. There was a fully masked hug.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I’d have asked if we could move inside. I got quite chilly, then the wasp meant that Tom struggled to enjoy his roast for 10 minutes.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
Maybe, but not romantically.

• Tom and Katharyn ate at The Buxton, London E1

Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com

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