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.
Harwood Arms debuts scotch egg made with vegan ‘meat’
Gastropub The Harwood Arms in west London has become the UK’s first Michelin-starred restaurant to use vegan ‘meat’ on its menu in a Scotch egg.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
In restaurant news this week: the new ‘rule of six’ has meant people are less confident about eating out a study finds, The Savoy announces a new managing director, and the man behind the launch of Noma Mexico prepares to open a restaurant in London.
Chapel Down reports another ‘exceptional’ harvest
English sparkling wine company, Chapel Down, has announced this year’s harvest is its second largest ever – only beaten by last year’s bumper crop – and that this is evidence of the genesis of a new “world class wine growing region”.
Quality Chop House team to open new Bonhams restaurant
The Woodhead Restaurant Group, the operators behind London-based restaurants The Quality Chop House, Clipstone and Michelin-starred Portland, will open an Italian restaurant in Mayfair called Emilia.
Bon Jovi rosé named ‘best’ pink of 2018
Having only released it this spring, rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s rosé has been voted the top pink in the world in Wine Spectator’s coveted Top 100 ranking.
Bollinger cellar master: Champagne 2018 ‘best’ of my life
In sharp contrast to last year’s extremely challenging harvest, Bollinger cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described 2018 as the ‘best’ of his life.
10 Champagne facts to impress your friends with
To celebrate National Champagne Day today, we’ve rounded-up 10 little-known facts about the world’s most famous sparkling wine, from how many bubbles you’ll find in a flute to the accidental creation of rosé Champagne.
Record year: English and Welsh wine producers comment on 2018 vintage
With record volumes of grapes harvested across the board, we round up the reports from owners and winemakers in a year that could see as many as 18 million bottles of wine produced in the UK.
Top 8 extreme restaurants
While a bricks and mortar Michelin-starred venue might be enough to sate most appetites for culinary exploration, these restaurants are in another league, offering the adventurous foodie an extreme dining experience.
Aymeric Pollenne crowned world’s best somm by Rôtisseurs
French-born, London-based, Hide employee Aymeric Pollenne has been declared International Young Sommelier 2018 by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
1963 Noval beats Petrus and DRC in London sale
Two sales held by Sotheby’s in London this week netted a combined £2,785,385, underpinned by Bordeaux and Burgundy but with a case of rare Port trumping Petrus and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to be the auction’s highest-selling lot.