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.
Sotheby’s announces ‘highest-estimated’ wine sale in history
Auction house Sotheby’s has announced a three-day sale in Hong Kong this March has the highest pre-sale estimate “in history”.
‘Huge’ potential of English Pinot Noir remains ‘untapped’
Pinot Noir has “huge” untapped potential to become one of UK’s leading still wines, a prominent English winemaker has claimed.
Unfiltered: Dmytros Goncharuk, Hide Ground
From his early days of making wine with his father in his garage, to becoming Ukraine’s top sommelier in 2013, Dmytros Goncharuk, head sommelier of Hide, Ground, tell us why it’s hard to hate a single variety.
WLC Eats: Kahani
WLC resident gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to high-end Indian Kahani in Sloane Square for gargantuan smoked Malabar prawns and an elegant Indian Chardonnay.
London to gain new avant garde Portuguese restaurant
A new restaurant helmed by ex-Portland chef João Ferreira Pinto and sommelier Carolina W Seibel will open in Stoke Newington this week, serving up a menu of modern European plates with an emphasis on Portugal.
Mayfair’s Neo Bistro rumoured to be closing
Executive chef Mark Jarvis has cut ties with Mayfair’s Neo Bistro amid rumours that the restaurant is set to close in the new year.
Golden hotdog giveaway at Bubbledogs
Hot dog and grower Champagne specialists Bubbledogs is to give away 100 golden hotdogs this Christmas, along with a glass of Collin-Guillaume Rosé Champagne
WLC Eats: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Tom Kerridge’s debut London venture for ethereal fish and chips, heavenly white Bordeaux and a nostalgic treacle tart.
British restaurants closing at rate of 10 per week
The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2% in 2018, the equivalent of more than 10 closures a week, according to a recent report.
The week in pictures
This week in the world of drinks; Philip Hammond pulls pints, 14 new MWs enter the fold, we catch up with Monica Galetti during dinner at Mere, Brewdog makes moves in the whisky business.
Hot tip: The Grape Takeover at Monica Galetti’s Mere Restaurant
Dinner at Mere restaurant, hosted by Austrian wine make Schloss Gobel