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.
Angelus restaurant gains Michelin star
The L’Observatoire restaurant owned by Saint-Emilion grand cru Angelus has been awarded it first Michelin star, a mere three months after opening during the height of last year’s pandemic.
Marston’s to take over 150 Welsh pubs
UK brewer and pub operator Marston’s is to take over the running of the entire portfolio of Wales-based brewer Brains after the business was put under “significant pressure” by Covid-19 restrictions.
Zimbabwean somms triumph in first African derby
A team of Zimbabwean sommeliers has won the first Stellenbosch Wine Routes Ubuntu Sommeliers Trophy against their South African counterparts.
Jascots appoints administrators
UK on-trade supplier Jascots has appointed administrators as the restrictions placed on the hospitality sector prove too much to overcome.
Indigo founder launches The Sorting Table
The founder of UK importer Indigo Wines, Ben Henshaw, has launched The Sorting Table, a new online wine shop. He tells WLC how lockdown was the catalyst that spurred on this long-held ambition to branch out into the world of retail.
CMS Americas suspends accused members
The Court of Master Sommeliers Americas has suspended several of its members who were recently accused of sexual harassment and issued an apology as well as an investigation into the accusations.
CMS Americas rocked by sexual harassment allegations
A recent article on the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas has lifted the lid on the sexual harassment of multiple women who have undertaken the qualification process.
London and Essex to go to ‘Tier 2’
‘Tier 2’ Covid-19 restrictions are to be put in place in London and the neighbouring county of Essex from this weekend, it has been announced.
Cristal releases Vinothèque 1999
Champagne house Louis Roederer has released the latest vintage of its extra-aged Cristal, the 1999 Vinothèque.
Les Caves de Taillevent hit by audacious heist
High-end Parisian wine merchant Les Caves de Taillevent was hit by an audacious heist last weekend, where the thieves used a rod to ‘fish’ €50,000 worth of wine without setting foot on the premises.
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.