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.
Unfiltered: Charlie Blightman, Noble Rot
Charlie Blightman, head sommelier at Noble Rot wine bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury, tells WLC about meeting Beastie Boy Mike D, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London and a dramatic incident with a bowl of soup.
In focus: London sommeliers that make 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.