If you enter a competition in a restaurant, you might expect to win a free meal, but when company boss John Bagshaw received a call telling him he had won a VIP trip by private jet to Rome, Italy, he thought it was a scam.

John, 56, a regular diner at Restaurant Bar & Grill, owned by Individual Restaurants, on John Dalton Street in Manchester, and sister restaurant Alderley Bar & Grill, in Alderley Edge, said: “I couldn’t believe it, I never win anything, and flying there by private jet, wow – it’s the best prize ever!”

“When my personal assistant took a call from the restaurant asking me to contact them urgently I worried I’d forgotten to pay my bill or something, then when they told me I thought it was a wind-up!”

The businessman, from Astley, managing director of International Decorative Surfaces, the UK’s largest distributor of building materials, will be taking his son, David, 26, as his traveling companion for the two night stay at the city’s five star luxury Hotel de Russie.

The pair will also be chauffeur driven to the airport in a Bentley.

The prize for the competition, open to all members of Individual Restaurants’ diners’ loyalty club, Club Individual, also included a dinner with champagne at

Restaurant Bar & Grill in Manchester ahead of the trip, which will take place on the weekend of Manchester’s Italian food festival from June 23 to 25.

Club Individual

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