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.
Tributes have been pouring in from the culinary world for chef and restaurateur Albert Roux, who helped introduce the UK to French fine dining, who has died aged 85.
As 2020 (finally) draws to a close, Wine List Confidential would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We are delighted to launch the online edition of this year’s Wine List Confidential guide, profiling London’s top 100 wine-focused eateries you need to visit when restrictions are lifted.
If you’re keen to get your fried chicken or sushi fix during lockdown fear not, these top London restaurants are open for business and will deliver to your door.
With the pandemic having shuttered restaurants in England for a month, Lucy Shaw explores the shifting role of the sommelier, and how a flexible approach will be key to their survival.
London’s restaurateurs have opened up to WLC’s Lucy Shaw about the difficulty of trying to trade under tier two restrictions, with co-founder of The Wolseley, Jeremy King, describing the situation as “like being cut off at the knees”.
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.
Chef and restaurateur Robin Gill has announced the closure of Clapham-based The Dairy restaurant and Counter Culture bar and delicatessen.
We’ve consulted the author of Wine List Confidential, Douglas Blyde, for his top restaurants that you can visit in London from this Saturday.
We round up 10 of the best wine-focused pubs and bars in London which you should put on your list to visit when they reopen.
The UK government has extended a scheme to pay wages of workers who have been placed on leave due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
A letter addressed to cabinet ministers and signed by some of the UK’s top restaurateurs has warned that opening restaurants too early may be “counterproductive” and cause many businesses to fail.
Wine List Confidential, the unique wine list rating service by the drinks business, will publish a fully revised guide featuring London’s top 100 restaurants for wine in May.
From sober bars to biodiverse dining, we’ve rounded up 10 food and drink trends predictions for 2020 from global trends forecaster Wunderman Thompson Intelligence’s Future 100 report.
As we approach the publication of the second edition of the 2019 Wine List Confidential guide, we profile the winners who picked up the top gongs at this year’s awards ceremony.
This year’s Wine List Confidential guide to London’s best restaurants for wine lovers is due to be published in May in time for the London Wine Fair.
Trade in London’s Soho, a kindly priced members club for those connected to the hospitality industry, was brought into being by two star Master Sommelier operators.
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.
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.
Originally built to store coal to power Victorian London, before becoming a Mecca for clubbers, Coal Drop’s Yard, home to The Drop wine bar, has become an impressively rehabilitated culinary quarter.
wlc heads to Skylon on London’s Southbank to test-drive its new menu, devised by Finnish-born chef Helena Puolakka, gorging on cured salmon on rye, fresh pappardelle in a smoked tomato sauce with creamy goat’s cheese and a heavenly chocolate tart.
At Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari’s debut venture in London’s Notting Hill, sommelier Romeo Bisacchi sums up the wine list: “We’ve got no Pétrus or Romanée-Conti, but we do have stuff you couldn’t find elsewhere”.
With an elating playlist and flavour-packed dishes, Peckham’s Levan, the sister site of Salon in Brixton, offers a window onto France’s increasingly en vogue Jura region.
Unrecognisable from its past as a Thai Square site, Stem is Mark Jarvis’ Mayfair gem lit by gold strip-lights, with a popular chef’s table for six guests and an engaging, reasonable list.
Service is as smooth as a 1982 Château Léoville Barton at the European debut of Asia’s acclaimed Imperial Treasure group, based in St. James’s.
Tom Kerridge’s new restaurant at London’s Corinthia Hotel boasts a budding, searching, flavour-forward list keenly exploring both England and Germany.
Super Tuscan wine brand Ornellaia’s Zurich restaurant – Ristorante Ornellaia – has been awarded a Michelin star just 10 months after opening.
Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef in the world to receive a Michelin star, has announced plans to open a new restaurant called Kanishka in March that will showcase cuisine from India’s lesser-known regions.
A new study that maps the flavours and compounds in Sauvignon Blanc that appeal to the UK consumer may help winemakers gain a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded market, its researchers claim.
Yesterday was a day of great sadness for the world of wine as news broke that the trade’s most celebrated personality had died aged 61: Gérard Basset.
WLC’S resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to the sumptuous Baptist Bar & Grill at L’oscar hotel in Holborn for divine smoked cod mousse, sinfully good Dover sole and a heavenly Sauternes.
A vegan restaurant in southwest London with a pay-what-you-like menu has beaten over 18,000 rivals to be voted the most popular restaurant in the UK capital.
While restaurants are closing with alarming frequency in London, 2019 looks set to be another exciting year for big name chef openings in the capital. We’ve rounded up the 10 most anticipated launches this year and their opening dates.
From the fermenting fad and canned wine craze to motherless meat, we round up what we predict will be the 10 biggest food and drinks trends in the UK this year.
In what is set to be a growing trend this year, the owners of Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Lyle’s are to open a bakery that doubles as a wine bar.
London’s The Goring hotel is opening a new restaurant, its first for more than 108 years, with famed Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw at the helm.
The number of restaurants filing for insolvency in the UK has nearly doubled over the last eight years, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens, with the uncertainty over Brexit and rising business rates contributing to a cocktail of pressures.
Giovanni Ferlito, head of wine and beverages at The Ritz, reveals the perils of maintaining an 800-bin wine list, what it was like to serve Madonna, and why London is simply the best city in the world to be a sommelier.
We round up some of the top restaurants in London rated by Open Table as among the very best in the UK, which have also earned themselves a spot in Wine List Confidential – a coveted list that ranks restaurants on the strength of their wine lists alone.
Ahead of the Somm360 congress in Montreal last month, Coravin conducted an experiment that proved its wine access system does not adversely affect a wine.
Mirroring the trend of chefs growing ingredients on their own patches of land, a clutch of sommeliers in London are making their own wines in Europe and beyond, to give them something special to sell.
Rotorino, chef Stevie Parle’s Italian restaurant in London’s trendy Dalston district, is to close its doors after five years in business.
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.
Raising the stakes in London’s sandwich game, a Mayfair restaurant has created a Wagyu beef Christmas ‘sando’ priced at £150.
Cockburn’s has launched the first ever Private Members’ Club for working Santas, offering a free Port and a comfortable spot for them to take a break from their duties this festive season.
Dinner by Heston, at the Mandarin Oriental in London, has reopened, six months after a fire forced the closure of the hotel’s restaurants, newly renovated spa and suites.
A US restaurant chain that pays homage to the humble egg is coming to the UK, with the provocatively named Eggslut announcing it is to open its first restaurant in London next year.
A head chef working at a restaurant in Dublin has been awarded €75,000 after cutting her hand while shucking an oyster.
28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Marylebone, part of the wine-focused restaurant founded by chef Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer.
Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex, the site of the UK’s first Pinotage vineyard, has opened its 36-cover fine dining restaurant called Interlude, with a tasting menu featuring ingredients foraged from the 200-acre estate.
Brasserie of Light, a new restaurant from Caprice Holdings boasting a giant Pegasus statue by British artist Damien Hirst, has opened inside Selfridges in London.
Fortnum & Mason has opened a new restaurant at The Royal Exchange in the City of London, taking over a space previously occupied by D&D for the past 15 years.
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Bar at China Tang at The Dorchester hotel for exotic cocktails, jaunty jazz and delectable dim sum.
Although it has already scooped the award for London’s most original wine list, Duddell’s has added even more quirky touches to its drinks selection.
Hampshire-based English sparkling wine estate Exton Park has created a bespoke rosé label for chef Simon Rogan to be served at his two Michelin star restaurant, L’Enclume in Cumbria.
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, for a night of Gatsby-esque glamour fuelled by Old Fashioneds and live jazz.
Champagne Moët & Chandon has released its 2012 ‘Grand Vintage’, the 74th vintage release from the house and one that reportedly rises above the problems presented by the growing season.
The Crazy Bear Group is launching the world’s first dedicated Champagne Lanson Lounge at its Crazy Bear Clubhouse, featuring the producer’s entire prestige range including a magnum of the 1988 vintage for £1,119.95.
The oldest house in Champagne, Gosset, has teamed up with Michelin-starred British chef Marcus Wareing on a bespoke blend for his restaurants.
WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to A. Wong’s second act, Kym’s, in the Bloomberg Arcade, for giant rice crackers, heavenly Ibérico pork char sui, and Sichuan Sours.
WLC’s greedy gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to Mayfair stalwart The Greenhouse for smoked sturgeon mousse, an impossibly pretty cep tart, and a Chartreuse-laced soufflé.
Restaurants that play uplifting music are more likely to see their diners leave generous tips, according to a study by researchers in Austria.
Our latest round up of drinking dens in the capital includes a canned cocktail bar in Fitzrovia, a vermouth café in King’s Cross, and a bistro championing women winemakers.
Our latest round up of new openings in the capital includes Emily Roux’s debut, Tom Kerridge’s first London restaurant, a modern American venture from The Clove Club team and a Covent Garden jewel named after an English courtesan.
Rather than being discriminated against in a male dominated industry, chef Angela Hartnett says that being a woman has actually worked in her favour.
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.
Following a major blind tasting of Champagne earlier this year, here is a selection of the best Champagnes selling for sub £50 on the market right now.
Kent-based Simpsons Wine Estate is expecting to harvest 200 tones of grapes this year, up from just 30 tones harvested in 2016 and 2017, as co-owners Charles and Ruth Simpson warn that the shortage of winery space will be a “big issue” for English wine producers in 2018.
Caprice Holdings, the restaurant group behind The Ivy, is to open a new restaurant inside London department store Selfridges called Brasserie of Light, with a 24ft crystal statue by British artist Damien Hirst taking centre stage.
If you’re about to embark on the WSET Level 3 Award, Edith Hancock highlights the things she wishes she’d known before she started.
Francis Mallmann, the Argentine chef who has built his career around cooking meet over an open fire, believes that in 30 years people will no longer eat meat.
Six new London restaurants were awarded a Michelin star last night at the unveiling of the 2019 Michelin guide to the UK, while Clare Smyth’s Core in Notting Hill scooped two stars off the bat.
London restaurant group Bleeding Heart is holding a dinner with Marc Perrin, winemaker at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Provence estate Château Miraval, at The Don, where guests can also sample Château de Beaucastel 2000.
Master Sommeliers Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset are to open Trade, a members’ club for the hospitality industry, in Soho next month, offering membership for as little as £100 a year.
Having hung up his trainers, Jamaican sprinter and all-round entertainer Usain Bolt is to open a rum-focused restaurant in London’s Liverpool Street next month.
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.
The 2016 vintage of Château d’Yquem has been released but despite being hailed as “magical”, “moreish” and “sexy”, is it a good buy?
Chiswick dweller Lucy Shaw heads to Villa di Geggiano on the High Road for heavenly burrata, creamy cacio e pepe and an intriguing Tuscan rosé.
Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt took high altitude training to another level yesterday, trying out Champagne Mumm’s Grand Cordon Stellar in zero gravity on board an Airbus Zero-G.
Keen to get Brits more into Spanish wine, chef José Pizarro has launched his own range of wines from the village of Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia.
Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, the majority shareholder in English winery Gusbourne, has invested a further £2.7 million in the company as it announced it had raised a total of £3.7 million through the issuing of new shares to investors.
The news emerging from Bordeaux that the storied Pomerol estate Petrus has sold a 20% stake to a Colombian-American investor has been confirmed by the winery.
Argentine steakhouse chain Gaucho has been bought out of administration as part of a rescue deal that will see all restaurants remain open and Martin Williams, the founder and CEO of M Restaurants, step in to help drive its future growth.
As stars of the small screen gear up for the annual Emmy Awards later this month, a number of premium brands have declared partnerships with the event.
Neleen Strauss, the formidable owner of South African city spot High Timber, on serving Oprah Winfrey, the joy of a plate of anchovies with a glass of Albarino, and an altercation with a Texan with a knack for opening a bottle of wine with a handgun.
Wine List Confidential is offering subscribers to its free weekly newsletter a limited 50% discount offering its 2018 print guide, which details the top 100 restaurants in London for wine lovers, for just £6.
Having recently launched a range of Australian wines in the UK, Sir Ian Botham has revealed ambitious plans for an English sparkling wine priced at £45 a bottle.
Katie Exton began her career in wine with English producer Breaky Bottom, and went on to become head sommelier at Chez Bruce and The River Café, before opening her own restaurant, Lorne, in 2017.
We bring you six outstanding organic aperitifs that are so rare they will make you look like the most knowledgeable eco-conscious wine lover out there.
Having gotten a taste of the culinary world through co-hosting Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party with Martha Stewart, rapper Snoop Dogg is now preparing to release his first cookbook, called From Crook to Cook.
Nothing hits the spot quite like a burger. In honour of National Burger Day, we round up our 10 favourite pimped-up patties in the capital.
Chef James Cochran, who is on the BBC series Great British Menu, is embroiled in a rights dispute with his former employer after the restaurant trademarked his name and has started selling his signature recipes as part of the brand.
The UK’s July heatwave saw punters pour into UK pubs, leading to a 2.7% hike in sales, but restaurants struggled to compete, suffering a 4.8% drop in trade, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
Renowned French chef Alain Ducasse has lodged a lawsuit, fighting against his eviction from the famed Jules Verne Restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower, after losing the tender to a pair of rival chefs.
Champagne Billecart-Slamon has released its limited edition ‘Bicentenary Cuvée’ exclusively in magnums as it marks its 200th anniversary and has opened new cellars.
Resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, gets nostalgic at Nobu about her first heavenly taste of black cod with sweet miso, at the global restaurant group’s Shoreditch hotel.
UK consumers are ready to explore the lesser-known expressions New Zealand produces, from Chardonnay to Pinot Gris, and are happy to pay good money to do so. Lucy Shaw reports.
Three years ago we broke the worrying news of an impending global Prosecco shortage due to the perfect storm of insatiable demand coupled with a short harvest.
Michael Sager, the director of his eponymous Sager + Wilde wine bars, takes a breath to detail his many projects, which include an art gallery, the launch of his own mezcal and wine brand, and why London is the single most exciting wine market right now.
The bassist from Britpop sensation Blur has trademarked the name ‘Britpop’ and plans to produce a “British sparkling wine”.
Villandry is the latest casualty of London’s increasingly challenging restaurant sector, having fallen into administration amid reported losses of £1.5 million.
Luxury Covent Garden hotel NoMad London has announced a series of dinners showcasing some of the world’s best vineyards, with pairings curated by wine director Bella Babbit.
Thesleff Group has announced that it has acquired Knightsbridge Italian restaurant Sale e Pepe from seasoned manager Toni Corricelli.
A study from GlobalData has suggested that consumer appetite for plant-based dishes on menus will remain beyond ‘Veganuary’, and that restaurants should adjust accordingly.
Douglas Blyde visits the St. James’s bastion of French excellence and speaks with wine director Daniel Illsley about how he has created a list to make wine “more accessible to a broader audience”. Taken from the 2022 Wine List Confidential guide, available for purchase.
Rising energy bills, labour shortages and rail strikes pushed many hospitality businesses in the UK to breaking point at the end of last year, with nearly 18 net closures every day in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to data from AlixPartners and CGA by NielsenIQ.
That Gin Company, developed by a small bar owner in Warwick, West Midlands, has launched a pick ‘n’ mix gin shop online, enabling customers across the UK to create their own flavours.
A trading update from Fuller, Smith & Turner cited the rail strikes over Christmas as the reason why sales at its pubs were 5% below those of the equivalent four-week period in 2019.
After a dispute over holiday pay, chef Tom Williams released 20 cockroaches into the kitchen of the Royal William VI pub in Lincoln.
Alcohol-free beer producer Lucky Saint has announced that it will open a central London pub that will also act as a ‘brand home’, with an opening date anticipated in early March.
It is well documented that many hospitality workers rely on tips to supplement their wages. But if your bartender happens to be a robot, where exactly is your tip going?
A recent study from Cardiff University has argued that a culture of aggression between chefs at fine dining restaurants is enabled by the environment of professional kitchens.