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1st February 2023

Love is Blind: celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Andover Arms and support Guide Dogs

The Andover Arms in Hammersmith [57 Aldensley Road, London W6 0DL] is hosting an experiential dinner on Valentine’s Day – to raise money for Guide Dogs and to raise awareness of the lived experience of blind and partially sighted people.

The three course dinner will involve a blind tasting of elements of the menu using visual deprivation masks with customers being invited to guess objects by only using their hands. There will also be an awareness raising quiz to include facts about guide dogs, and the blind and partially sighted community; and simulation glasses to replicate common eye conditions will be available for guests to try on. Tickets to the event can be purchased online – with a portion of the ticket sales going to Guide Dogs.

The event was inspired by Dave Kent – a loyal local of The Andover Arms who is a guide dog user. Commenting on the upcoming event, Dave said: “The Andover Arms has been my local for nearly 40 years. It has gained a special place in my heart.

“I’ve been supported by a guide dog as my principal means of mobility for nearly 45 years and The Andover Arms has always been a stalwart supporter of Guide Dogs. Over the years we’ve raised many thousands of pounds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Our current goal is to raise £2,500 – the amount needed to Name a Puppy. We are already well on target toward realising our goal. As a full-time member of Guide Dogs staff, I witness every day the life changing experience enjoyed by the vision impaired people we support throughout the United Kingdom.

“I sincerely hope people will take away from the Love is Blind evening a deeper and more considered appreciation of their remaining senses, and how being deprived of sight might have an impact. The sense of smell, taste and hearing are the mainstays for someone who is blind to perceive and interpret their surroundings. The opportunity to experience an event without sight is designed to be thought-provoking and, most of all, fun. I’m really looking forward to this event and would like to thank Suzanne and the team for hosting the event.”

Suzanne Posthumus, publican of The Andover Arms, said: “I am really pleased we’re able to hold this event to raise money and awareness for a cause that’s close to our community’s heart. Dave, and his guide dog Faldo, are firm friends with the team and our customers. His passion for Guide Dogs is inspiring – so it was clear to me we needed to do our part to help the charity with its life-changing work.”



A selection of photos can be downloaded here –

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Please credit photos to Annabel Moeller

For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074  

Fuller’s in a nutshell:

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Fuller’s has 208 managed businesses, with 1,027 boutique bedrooms, and 175 Tenanted Inns. The estate is predominately located in the South of England (44% of sites are within the M25) and stretches from our London heartland to the Jurassic Coast via the New Forest. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include Cotswolds Inns & Hotels – seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – seven exquisite country inns located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.

Press release from Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC.

For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074