The Hairy Bikers are the nation’s most popular chefs and they’ll be in Birmingham tonight and tomorrow (October 5 and 6) at the New Alexandra Theatre. Dave Myers told The Ticket all about his perfect weekend
It’s Friday afternoon, what’s on your mind?
It’s that lovely feeling when you know everybody else has shut down for the weekend, no more phone calls and emails until Monday. Two whole days of fun.
Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekend?
I love being with my family, planning meals and what we are going to do to make the most of the weekend.
I have a wife and two step children and I can’t think of anyone I would rather spend my time with.
How do you prepare for a big night out?
Shower and iron my best togs. I will try to have a snooze so I am on good form and can stay up late.
What’s your favourite party outfit?
It depends where I am going, someone described myself and Si as the kings of casual but since I have shed some weight I have been enjoying myself buying some new clothes. I like Diesel and Paul Smith.
If the occasion calls for it I enjoy being properly suited and booted.
You’ve just arrived at the bar. What’s your first drink?
I love a thirst-quenching beer, particularly strong and Belgian. This starts the night out with a twinkle.
What’s your favorite nightspot and why?
I love Benaris, Atul Kulchar’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. The food is great and the bar serves fabulous cocktails and has a real sense of occasion.
I also love my local Chinese restaurant at home in Barrow in Furness called the Diamond. I am partial to one of the amazing pubs we have in Cumbria too.
What tune always gets you on the dance floor?
I love the Scorpions and Rock You Like A Hurricane always gets me going. I love a bit of northern soul too, it takes me back to my youth.
It’s a sunny Saturday, what are you up to?
Getting my motorbike out and heading up the lakes with my wife Lilli on a sunny afternoon.
We like to go to The Blacksmiths arms at Broughton Mills in the Lakes for lunch , it’s really good home-cooked food, back over Hard Knott and Wrynose passes.
What was your most memorable weekend, and why?
When I went to Brussels just before I got married at Christmas time it was wonderfully romantic in the main square under the Christmas tree, listening to carols, drinking Champagne and eating truffles.
Christmas shopping, then we went to the Belga Queen for supper.
What’s the recipe for a perfect night in?
Dinner party with friends. I will cook all afternoon listening to music and then feast and party the night away. . . all in the comfort of our own home.
Favourite DVD? And what would you eat while watching it?
Breakfast At Tiffany’s, with homemade roast chicken, mashed potatoes and all the veg, all washed down with a nice bottle of Sancerre.
Sunday breakfast – cooked or continental?
Cooked. We have wonderful sausage and bacon in Cumbria. Match that with a couple of free range eggs and sour dough toast – it’s heaven with a big pot of tea.
Sunday lunch – home cooked or down the pub?
Home cooked. It's a family ritual. Time to get together and chat then all fall asleep in front of a film. Sunday lunch is the easiest meal in the world to do with a bit of organisation.
When and how do you like to relax?
I love to cook and bake, living near the Lakes I love to go walking and hiking. When I have time I love fly fishing, there hasn’t been much time lately but it is so relaxing, like suspended animation.
You’ve got a whole weekend off and a wad of money in your back pocket. Which country or city would you head to?
I would go to Salzburg. I love the music and the Augustiner brew house. It is the most accessible city, and great fun.
* The Hairy Bikers bring their Larger Than Live tour to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre tonight and tomorrow (October 5 and 6). For tickets, call 0844 871 3011.
They come to Wolverhampton Civic Hall on November 4, call 0870 320 7000 and will be in Shropshire in the new year playing Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on February 21 and 22.
Call 01743 281281 for tickets. For full details, visit www.hairybikers.com/tour