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.
WLC Eats: Circolo Popolare
WLC‘s Eleanor Field heads to Big Mamma’s flamboyant Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia for decadent servings of pesto burrata, truffle pasta and a Pecorino from Abruzzo described as the “Ryan Gosling of whites”.
Unfiltered: Erik Simonics
Erik Simonics, head sommelier at Annabel’s, on meeting Rowan Atkinson, drinking cask strength Scotch whisky after a long day, and why his fantasy vineyard would be on the moon.
Unfiltered: Rémy Baben, Wild Honey
Rémy Baben, assistant restaurant manager and wine buyer at Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey, on serving Bill Gates, his love of Jacquesson Champagne, and an unfortunate incident involving a plate of fish stew.
WLC Eats: Enoteca Rosso
WLC’s Eleanor Field heads to Enoteca Rosso in Kensington for carne cruda, a sublime Italian wine list and a playful tiramisu.
Wiltons to open new café and wine bar
The team behind Wiltons, one of the oldest restaurants in London, is set to open a new café and wine bar in St James’s this autumn called Locket’s.
Gosnells launches mead in cans
London’s only meadery, Gosnells in Peckham, is aiming to “revolutionise the whole mead category” with the launch of mead in cans.
Unfiltered: Charlie Blightman, Noble Rot
Charlie Blightman, head sommelier at Noble Rot wine bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury, tells WLC about meeting Beastie Boy Mike D, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London and a dramatic incident with a bowl of soup.
Isle of Raasay launches Hebridean gin
Isle of Raasay Distillery has released a gin in time for International Scottish Gin Day which takes place this Saturday.
London Restaurant Festival celebrates 11th year
This October, the London Restaurant Festival will return for its 11th year, offering a variety of culinary events and chef-hosted dinners throughout the capital.
Documentary on chef Gary Usher to air this autumn
Airing on Channel 4 this autumn, a new documentary will follow chef and restaurateur Gary Usher on his journey to opening Pinion restaurant in Merseyside’s Prescot.
L’Art du Vin to launch wine school in Fife
Scottish wine merchant, L’Art du Vin, is set to open a wine school and shop at its new premises in Fife.