10 DECEMBER 1988, Page 31

Acceptable Muzak

Sir: Christopher Hogwood's opposition to music in restaurants is not quite so root and branch as his letter in The Spectator of 5 November might lead you to suppose. As he may recall, he has been a most welcome customer of our restaurant, expressing delight in not only the food but also the ambience, singling out for particular praise that part of the ambience provided by the music that we play — the more digestible parts of Radio 3 augmented by our collec- tion of tapes, including Mr Hogwood and his Academy of Ancient Music. In fairness we should also mention that he said he didn't recognise his own band when we played it for him one lunchtime.

Stephen and Susan Hill

Hobbs Pavilion Restaurant, Park Terrace, Cambridge