Blind date:’ For some reason I said yes to every alcoholic drink’

Gavin, 37, ice cream shop owner, satisfies Rob, 40, software developer

Gavin on Rob

What were you hoping for ?
The love of my life. Failing that, good food and good company. First impressions ?
An impressive beard. What did “were talking about” ?
Work, holidays, yoga, snowboarding, Rob’s voluntary work, politics( unfortunately ), going out and dating in London. Any awkward moments ?
The staff at the restaurant brought some complementary dishes for us to try. Rob is vegetarian, so I objective up eating more than my carnival share. Good table manners ?
Very good. Best thing about Rob ?
He was good company and easy start fucking talking to. There were no awkward silences. Would you introduce him to your friends ?
Yes. Describe Rob in three terms ?
Warm, soothe, kind. What do you think he made of you ?
Hopefully, he thought I was good company and worth coming out on a Sunday night for. Did you go on somewhere ?
It was a Sunday evening, so we were both happy to call it a night after the meal. And … did you kiss ?
No. We hugged and said our goodbyes. If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be ?
Although we had similar political tilteds, politics is rarely a good topic of dialogue on a first date. Marks out of 10 ?

Would you meet again ?
I would as friends. Rob said he might come to check out my ice-cream shop.

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Blind date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: every week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and beverages, 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 every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we set it together here.

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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 ?
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Your first name, job and age. How should I answer ?
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We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

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Rob on Gavin

What were you hoping for ?
A stress-free evening with someone who was easy to be around. First impressions ?
He was incredibly beautiful. Like a model. Totally stunning. What did “were talking about” ?
His ice-cream shop, Wales and Scotland( our respective places of origin ). Any awkward moments ?
I rarely drink, but for some reason I said yes to every alcoholic drink that night. I hope it didn’t depict too much. Good table manners ?
To be honest, I was more interested in looking at his face and his arms. Best thing about Gavin ?
He was the full package. Handsome, lovely figure, great reek. And he shows genuine those who are interested in other people. Would you introduce him to your friends ?
Of course.

Describe Gavin in three terms
Interesting, humble, gorgeous.

What do you think he made of you ?
I think he guessed I was a nice and well-meaning person. Did you go on somewhere ?
No. And … did you kiss ?
I would have quite happily spent the evening kissing him, but I didn’t feel the date was going in that direction. If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be ?
I would have built myself more presentable. Marks out of 10 ?
10. Would you meet again ?
Perhaps I’ll go to his store to buy some ice-cream.

* Gavin and Rob ate at Barboun, Shoreditch, London E1. Fancy a blind date? Email @theguardian. com. If you’re looking to meet someone likeminded, visit

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