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.
12 of the best wine podcasts
Let’s face it, we could all use a bit of light-hearted entertainment at the minute, and what better way to plug in and tune out for a brief moment than with a podcast?
WLC Eats: Bob Bob Cité
db’s resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to Bob Bob Cité in London’s financial heart for sensational snails, lashings of Champagne and an exquisite glass of 1983 Yquem.
12 of London’s best female sommeliers and wine buyers
We round up the top female sommeliers and wine buyers currently behind the wine lists at some of London’s top restaurants for wine, based on our recently published guide to London’s top 50 most powerful sommeliers.
Catena makes debut in wine and food docuseries
Argentina’s Catena Zapata has collaborated with Wine Enthusiast on a new wine documentary series called It Starts With Wine, which features an an episode hosted by Dr Laura Catena on Argentine wine.
Michel Roux Jr to front new London cooking school
The Langham Hotel in London is to launch a new cookery school that will be fronted by top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and Chris King, and which promises to reveal “trade secrets” to its students.
Billecart-Salmon UK appoints VP to boost London on-trade business
Champagne Billecart-Salmon UK has named Chris Crosby as its new vice president with a remit to extend Billecart-Salmon’s network in the London on-trade, as well as members’ clubs and luxury hotels.
Trade invited to celebrate the life of Gerard Basset
The life of Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA, MSc (OIV) will be celebrated at a service of thanksgiving in Winchester in June, with all members of the wine trade invited to attend.
The Stafford’s Ben Tish to open new restaurant Norma
The Stafford hotel in London’s St James’ is set to open a new, independent Sicilian-inspired restaurant this summer in partnership with its culinary director Ben Tish.
WLC Eats: Kanishka, Mayfair
WLC heads to Atul Kochhar’s new restaurant Kanishka, which promised to showcase cuisine from India’s lesser-known regions, and discovers plates of soft shell crab with peanut and mango chutney, steamed sea bass and a ‘cheeky’ peanut butter and salted caramel parfait adorned with gold leaf.
Top 10 most powerful sommeliers in London: 2019
Following the publication of our guide to the best restaurants in London for wine, we felt it high time we shone a brighter light on those responsible for those lists. Here, we offer a run down of WLC’s Top 10 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London.
The Savoy to launch cocktail menu with live album recording
The American Bar at The Savoy in London has announced the launch of a new cocktail menu that will feature its own soundtrack, recorded by in-house pianist Joe Nickoll.