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.
California hotel uses wine-delivering room service robot
Hotel Trio in Healdsburg, California has said its wine-delivering room service robot called Rosé has transitioned “from a novelty to a necessity” due to Covid-19.
Hotel group plants first UK vineyard
Robin Hutson, founder of The Pig hotels, which are part of the Lime Wood group, has planted a two-acre vineyard in West Sussex on land previously used for grazing alpacas.
The Ritz confirms sale to private investor
Iconic London hotel The Ritz, home of Michelin-starred The Ritz Restaurant, has confirmed its sale to a private Qatari investor, reportedly for around £750 million.
Jackson Family Wines planning boutique hotel at Freemark Abbey
Barbara Banke, chairman of Jackson Family Wines, has applied for a permit to build a boutique hotel at Freemark Abbey winery in St. Helena in the Napa Valley.
Hotel offers £2k reward for return of stolen wines
The UK’s smallest five star hotel, Hillbark Hotel in Merseyside, is offering a £2,000 reward for the safe return of a stash of wine stolen last weekend, including three bottles of 1942 Perrier-Jouët.
Thieves steal wine worth £65k from luxury New Forest hotel
Thieves broke into the Lime Wood Hotel, owned by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, earlier this week, stealing around 80 bottles of wine worth approximately £65,000.
Whisky hotel to launch in London
London’s Black Rock bar is set to open a whisky hotel later this summer, the first of its kind in the capital.
Chef Adam Rawson collaborates with The Standard Hotel London
The ex-Pachamama head chef will operate two bar and restaurant spaces located within The Standard Hotel’s first site outside of the US which will open in King’s Cross this July.
Beck at Brown’s collaborates with Lalani & Co to offer tea-centric dinner
Situated in Mayfair, Italian restaurant Beck at Brown’s new AperiTEAvo will offer diners a “theatrical tea pairing experience”.
Savoy dodger ordered to pay £1,750 for wine
A strapped for cash student caught trying to flee from The Savoy after ordering a £1,750 bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 2004 has been ordered by a judge to pay back the hotel.
Q&A: Michael Caines MBE and James Matyear
Chef and owner of Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor, Michael Caines MBE, and manager of the hotel and restaurant’s new vineyard, James Matyear, discuss their English wine production plans, and why we could see more single vineyard expressions and clarity over regional labelling.