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.
Eleven English and Welsh wineries that make their own spirits and vermouth
We’ve rounded up the English and Welsh wineries that have dipped their toes into the world of spirits, from Chapel Down’s Bacchus gin to Albourne’s vermouth, flavoured with 40 botanicals.
MasterChef finalist launches ‘no-nonsense’ gin
Finalist of the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals and St Andrews restaurateur, Dean Banks, has launched his own “no-nonsense” Scottish gin brand called Lunun.
Seafood restaurant recycles leftover oyster shells to flavour gin
London seafood specialist Wright Brothers has jumped on the flavoured gin train and launched a spirit distilled with oyster shells, Amalfi lemon and kelp seaweed.
English wine estate Bolney launches first gin
Sussex-based Bolney Wine Estate has entered the gin category with an expression flavoured with hawthorn leaves and fennel and made using grape distillate produced from press juice that was too phenolic to make wine.
Hendrick’s Gin to offer immersive experience in a Shoreditch laundrette
William Grant & Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick’s is upping its experimental marketing stakes with a pop-up gin experience in a laundrette in Shoreditch.
Isle of Raasay launches Hebridean gin
Isle of Raasay Distillery has released a gin in time for International Scottish Gin Day which takes place this Saturday.
Hendrick’s Gin unveils scented London Underground ad campaign
William Grant & Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick’s is attempting to make the Tube smell like cucumber and roses with an advertising campaign involving scented posters and the “UK’s longest floor wrap”.
Gin boom still sees ‘no signs of slowing’ as pink gin sales more than double
The number of people drinking pink gin in the UK has “more than doubled”, according to new research into the relentless growth of gin sales.
Spirit of Bermondsey launches lower ABV alternative to gin
South London company Spirit of Bermondsey has created a botanically infused lower alcohol spirit called Trinity25.
Welsh castle to get distillery
Bottlers and Distillers Wales has joined forces with the Vale Resort to construct a distillery and visitor experience at Hensol Castle in South Wales as part of a £7m investment in the 17th century castle.