News today that the government is going to try to improve NHS food with that old New Labour favourite, the league table. Not that I’m knocking it – I’ve been working on my own league table for the ‘hotel services’ of the top private hospitals in London, canvassing the views of various rich but poorly friends.

I’m hoping the full results will be published in Spectator Health, but just as a taster I can reveal that the top spot for food is King Edward VII’s (who keep quite a decent cellar too) and the bottom is The Lindo Wing, where I had the misfortune to eat recently myself. Not only is their food quite appalling, but the catering staff try to nudge you into agreeing to dinner at 6.00 so they can shove off. Prince George was born there, but I imagine he was on a liquid diet, and as for his mum and the rest of the crew, I can only guess they had provisions bused in from Buck House.

Tags: Food, Hospital Food, Hospitals, Lindo Wing