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.
Quarter of hospitality venues believe they could fail in three months
New findings from the British Beer & Pub Association and other hospitality industry bodies show that almost a quarter of their members believe their businesses could fail in the next three months without support.
Taco Bell launches limited edition wine
Popular fast food chain Taco Bell has launched limited edition wine ‘Jalapeño Noir’ to mark the addition of a new taco on its menu.
Drowning man saved by floating bar filled with priests
A man stranded and struggling in the waters of Lake George found his prayers unexpectedly answered by a floating tiki bar full of Catholic priests earlier this month.
André Lurton’s classic car collection to be sold
The collection of classic cars, military and agricultural vehicles that belonged to the late André Lurton are going under the hammer in Bordeaux later this month.
Zachys to host first London sale
US auctioneer Zachys has announced it will be holding its first ever European sale in London this September, offering rarities from the cellar of Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri.
Moët & Chandon installs new vintage wall at Harrods
Champagne house Moët & Chandon has installed a wall featuring its ‘Grand Vintage Collection’ at UK department store Harrods.
The Drinks Trust launches Covid-19 emergency fund
The Drinks Trust (formerly The Benevolent) has launched an emergency fund to support those in the drinks industry left in financial straits as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hedonism launches ‘wine school’
London wine merchant Hedonism has launched a series of educational tastings, which will explore more of the “unusual and lesser known grape varieties” of the world.
Bob Bob Cité announces £75 maximum mark up
City brasserie Bob Bob Cité has announced it has placed a maximum mark up of £75 a bottle (regardless of format size) on all its wines.
Pol Roger to host London and Manchester portfolio tastings
The Pol Roger Portfolio is to hold two tastings this March in London and Manchester to mark its 30th anniversary.
Burgundy 2018: Key points from a surprising vintage
A vintage that defied expectations and delivered a number of pleasant surprises especially in an area most weren’t expecting, the 2018 Burgundies provided an engaging week of tasting and discussion.