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.
Wetherspoon insists venues are safe as 50 pubs record coronavirus
Tim Martin, the chairman of UK bar group J.D. Wetherspoon, has said his venues pose “no risk” of coronavirus to punters after 66 members of staff have tested positive for the disease this year.
The Drinks Trust launches virtual pub quiz
Former publican-turned lockdown saviour Jay Flynn is hosting a virtual pub quiz to raise money for industry charity The Drinks Trust.
Restaurants will have to make track and trace compulsory
The UK government is set to change the country’s social distancing laws after a rapid surge in coronavirus cases emerged this month.
Europe’s drinks trade bodies launch local tourism campaigns
The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has gone ahead with its tourism campaign for 2020, highlighting vineyards for domestic tourists to visit.
Did scientists discover a hangover cure?
Researchers from the University of Helsinki claim to have discovered what centuries of trial and error has failed to produce; a hangover cure.
The Drinks Trust creates face masks
UK drinks trade charity The Drinks Trust has released branded face masks to support on-trade workers heading back to their posts during the coronavirus pandemic.
Face masks for bartenders made from sour milk
An apéritif brand owned by spirits group William Grant & Sons has created face masks for bartenders from discarded milk.
Nightclub to host ‘London’s first’ socially distanced craft beer festival
Infamous London event space Printworks is to become the backdrop for “London’s first socially distanced beer festival” later this month.
Mr Lyan’s Hoxton bar Cub closes
Mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana’s sustainability-focused east London bar Cub will not reopen post-lockdown.
Heineken CEO says pub sales won’t recover ‘until there is a vaccine’
Heineken’s net profits for the first half of 2020 were 75.8% lower than the same period last year after bars and restaurants worldwide were forced to close.
Carnivor wine label partners with Great British Chefs
US wine group E&J Gallo has partnered with culinary website Great British Chefs to promote its Californian wine label, Carnivor, with a series of meat-based recipes designed to pair with the wines in the range.