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.
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.
Donald Edwards on pairing wine with vegetables
As well as being the head sommelier of Chiswick’s wine-focused La Trompette, Donald Edwards has launched an engaging online journal that reimagines food and wine pairings from the root up, shining a light on wine matches for seasonal vegetables.
WLC Meets: Søren Ørbek Ledet of Geranium
As wine director and co-owner of Copenhagen’s lauded Geranium restaurant, which reopened this week, Søren…
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.