CAMPAIGN DIARY: Tim may have burned his fingers in adland - but look at him now ..

All those people who persist in gossiping about whether Tim Ashton is going to be taking a position with another advertising agency will be relieved to hear that he has secured gainful employment.

All those people who persist in gossiping about whether Tim Ashton

is going to be taking a position with another advertising agency will be

relieved to hear that he has secured gainful employment.



Ashton renovated a cafe on Clapham Common in the summer and, following

his ’retirement’ from public life, has the opportunity to work there

full time. Despite the fantastic summer, which must have packed out the

venue, we couldn’t help but notice that he has remained a fairly

permanent fixture in and around Soho.



Situated on the Common, between the tennis courts and the bowling green,

Ashton runs the Bowling Green Cafe with three other investors; the

voiceover artist, Alistair McGowan, a chef, Simon Robertson, and an

accountant.



Jack Dee was also interested initially but pulled out.



Now the peak season is over, the four have already planned several

special nights, starting with a fireworks spectacular. Although the caff

doesn’t have a drinks licence, people can bring their own wine and it’s

open for dinners and suppers (that’s enough of a plug, Ed).



Speaking from his country retreat in Shropshire (hard at work then,

Tim?) Ashton said: ’I have considered going into it full time, but I

found that once I’d dealt with the lunchtime rush it was a struggle to

get to Zilli’s much before 3pm. Anyway, the jacket potato machine has a

mind of its own.’



We can just see it now - the Bowling Green Cafe: Clapham, Tooting,

Streatham, Hackney - Ashton & Co will conquer the world with the awesome

weapons of cappuccino coffees and bagels.



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