While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
Agostino Perrone and his team launch English wine cocktail
The Eclipse cocktail is perhaps the greatest work to date of illustrious Director of Mixology, Ago Perrone of Mayfair’s Connaught Bar – ranked current World’s Best Bar and Best Bar in Europe according to 50 Best.
Unfiltered: Martyn Simpson
The owner of whisky emporium and fabled bar Milroy’s speaks to Douglas Blyde about creating an illegal bar, terroir in whisky, and his penchant for bubble and squeak.
Unfiltered: Daniel Illsley
Douglas Blyde talks to the mind behind Theatre of Wine, which has shops in Tufnell Park, Greenwich and Leytonstone, about his involvement with subterranean wine bar Frank’s of St. James’s.
Unfiltered: Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson, co-founder of The Farrier, speaks to Douglas Blyde about his new natural wine-focused neighbourhood pub and restaurant at Camden Stables Market.
Unfiltered: Harry Lobek
The co-founder of floating restaurant and British seafood specialist London Shell Co. shares his defining moments with Douglas Blyde.
Unfiltered: Charles Carron Brown
Launched in 2019, Henrock is Simon Rogan’s ‘informally elegant’ restaurant in the scenic grounds of Linthwaite House in the Lake District. Douglas Blyde catches up with its head sommelier, Charles Carron Brown.
Unfiltered: Sarah Helliwell
Sarah Helliwell is head of wine at Wilding, a new restaurant, wine bar and wine shop in Oxford’s bohemian Jericho area founded by Kent Barker of Bibendum, Enotria and Oddbins. It is the sequel to Eight Stony Street in Frome.
10 WLC restaurants to head to when indoor dining reopens
With 97 of the 100 restaurants in our latest Wine List Confidential guide set to reopen on Monday, WLC’s author, Douglas Blyde, reveals the 10 venues he’s most looking forward to visiting.
How Oliver Christie swapped the restaurant floor for the cellar door
With restaurants shuttered during lockdown, several sommeliers reconsidered their calling. Oliver Christie was already considering leaving the floor of Shoreditch’s Clove Club before Covid entered the lexicon, so he could get closer to the raw components of wine. Six months into his new life in Alba, he talks to Douglas Blyde about his journey so far.
Unfiltered: Rob Maynard
Rob Maynard, co-founder of Hove’s Wild Flor, billed as ‘a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant serving classic cooking alongside world-class wines’, shares his defining moments with Douglas Blyde.
WLC Eats: Pantechnicon
Wine List Confidential author, Douglas Blyde, visits Belgravia’s Pantechnicon on the pedestrianised Motcomb Street for beef tartare and a chocolate soy and skyr pudding.