In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
New on Wine List Confidential: Trade
Trade in London’s Soho, a kindly priced members club for those connected to the hospitality industry, was brought into being by two star Master Sommelier operators.
New on Wine List Confidential: Bottles
At Bottles in London’s Spitalfields, guests can explore wines from Italy and beyond at the wine bar which boasts a sustainable kitchen, terrace and communal counter.
New on Wine List Confidential: The Drop
Originally built to store coal to power Victorian London, before becoming a Mecca for clubbers, Coal Drop’s Yard, home to The Drop wine bar, has become an impressively rehabilitated culinary quarter.
New on Wine List Confidential: Caractère
At Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari’s debut venture in London’s Notting Hill, sommelier Romeo Bisacchi sums up the wine list: “We’ve got no Pétrus or Romanée-Conti, but we do have stuff you couldn’t find elsewhere”.
New on Wine List Confidential: Levan
With an elating playlist and flavour-packed dishes, Peckham’s Levan, the sister site of Salon in Brixton, offers a window onto France’s increasingly en vogue Jura region.
Wine List Confidential revisited: The Ritz
A classic looking palace hotel The Ritz, near London’s Green Park, boasts a vigorous, modern wine list matched with precision to colourful, pristine plates.
New on Wine List Confidential: Stem
Unrecognisable from its past as a Thai Square site, Stem is Mark Jarvis’ Mayfair gem lit by gold strip-lights, with a popular chef’s table for six guests and an engaging, reasonable list.
New on Wine List Confidential: Imperial Treasure
Service is as smooth as a 1982 Château Léoville Barton at the European debut of Asia’s acclaimed Imperial Treasure group, based in St. James’s.
New on Wine List Confidential: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
Tom Kerridge’s new restaurant at London’s Corinthia Hotel boasts a budding, searching, flavour-forward list keenly exploring both England and Germany.
Wine List Confidential revisited: The Ledbury
Seamus Williams-Sharkey’s sharp list at Notting Hill’s The Ledbury has clearly been fondly assembled, showing loyalty to producers he has met.
Wine List Confidential revisited: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
At chef Gordon Ramsay’s flagship London outpost, sommelier James Lloyd is devoted to one of the country’s most considered and food-focused lists.