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Dame Joan Collins with her husband, Percy Gibson

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Although many establishments offered delivery and takeaway during the second lockdown, nothing compares to the ambience of dining at a favourite restaurant. Former Tatler cover star Dame Joan Collins DBE has clearly been missing the comforts of Colbert, having made her post-lockdown restaurant debut at the Sloane Square institution.

According to Sebastian Shakespeare in the Daily Mail, Dame Joan opted to celebrate ‘Wild Wednesday’ – the successor to summer lockdown’s ‘Super Saturday – at the fashionable Chelsea spot. Visiting in the company of her husband, Percy Gibson, the Dynasty alumnus enjoyed a special lunch at the newly-reopened restaurant.



A fellow diner told Shakespeare that the couple were mindful of health and safety, stating that ‘Joan looked as glamorous as ever… but she and Percy kept their face masks on when they weren’t seated at their table.’

Part of the illustrious Corbin and King restaurant group – the name behind glossy establishments like the Wolesley and Brasserie Zédel – co-owner Jeremy King has been critical of pandemic restrictions on the hospitality sector. He told the Mail Diary in October: ‘I can’t allow the stupidity of the Government and the Mayor [of London] to send us cowering into our homes. We will be trusting the guests more than the Government does.’

An elegant French restaurant frequented by the great and the glamorous of high society, Colbert counts the likes of the Countess of Snowdon, David Cameron and Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece among its loyal patrons. No doubt they, like Dame Joan, will be thrilled to return to their favourite haunts once more, with London now classified as a Tier 2 area.

In other restaurant-world news, this week also marks the opening of Sylvia’s, a new venture from the River Cafe, whose fans include Dame Judi Dench and Stanley Tucci.

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