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.
‘Pubs could close’ without alcohol duty cut
A warning has been fired at Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt that many more pubs could close unless he cuts alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget in March.
Why Damp January should replace Dry January
Many are nearing the end of the period of abstinence known as Dry January, but others have taken a fresh approach to drinking which may be better for long-term health, help the alcohol industry, and the on-trade: Damp January. James Evison investigates.
How darts sensation Luke Littler proves pubs matter
Despite being only 16 years old and unable to buy an alcoholic drink (without a meal), the epic rise of darts player Luke Littler has illustrated the critical role of pubs in the community.
WLC Eats: Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal
Douglas Blyde visits Alex Dilling’s establishment at Regent Street’s Hotel Café Royal. While there, he discovers how “perpetually positive” head sommelier Giuseppe Grasso has developed the restaurants list, and finds one dish that evokes “very posh Marmite”.
Restaurant panels made using leftover beer
A Copenhagen studio has made panels from spent grain used in beer production for a restaurant.
Noble Rot partners with The Wine Society
Noble Rot Mayfair has opened a new cellar private dining room with a special collection from The Wine Society to welcome the occasion.
Ambulance bar created during pandemic wins award
A bar owner who built a mobile pub in an ambulance in just four days during the Covid lockdown has won a £10,000 eBay award.
Is Brooklyn Beckham right about cooking with wine corks?
A debate about Brooklyn Beckham and wine corks when cooking food has re-emerged in an interview, which begs the question: is he right?
Should sommeliers be classified as skilled workers?
Sommeliers could be added to the skilled worker list for foreign nationals entering the UK for employment, following a recommendation to reclassify the role.
Oktoberfest ‘most popular ever’
Good weather and the most relaxed atmosphere since the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in a record-breaking Oktoberfest in Munich this year.
Ethics of drinking £15k bottle of DRC questioned
An Australian stockbroker has questioned the ethics of drinking an AU$30,000 (£15,700) bottle of Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC).