Could water be diluting your fine-dining experience? Meet the experts who argue that just like fine wine, not every bottle of H2O is the same, and that its character is anything but neutral.
From a warm greeting to recommending perfect wines and anticipating your every need, waiting staff play a huge part in making your restaurant visit memorable. Chris Losh finds out what it takes to
deliver great service
Towards a Fluid State is an ambitious, unconventional tasting event taking place on 5 December in a warehouse in Dalston. Working with a number of cutting edge drink and food producers, the team
behind The Tasting Sessions is embarking on this larger-scale event with characteristic style.
The ‘I don’t know’ cocktail is Courvoisier’s answer to the often-daunting amount of choice at a cocktail bar. Get a complimentary cocktail at participating bars with Courvoisier by texting ‘Square
Meal Cocktail’ to 83118 (standard rate applies). Click here for more information and a list of participating bars, and never
be undecided again.
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Tennis fans rejoice: Wimbledon kicks off on Monday. As the tournament’s official Champagne sponsor, Lanson is celebrating by joining forces with Corney & Barrow to offer you the chance to get
in on the action – even if you haven’t got a ticket to one of the matches.
The Tate Modern’s level 7 bar has created three Russian-inspired cocktails to accompany its current exhibition: Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism. The drinks, a Raspberry & Lychee
Martini, Redcurrant & Elderflower Sour and Apple & Cinnamon Martini, will be available until the exhibition ends on 12 May.
Make sure you’ve got the right wine to match your red nose this year. For the first time, there is a limited edition range of Red Nose wines to celebrate the day, and contribute to Comic Relief
while you’re at it. The range, which consists of a red and a white wine, has been created by Saam Mountain Vineyards in Paarl, South Africa, with labels featuring a Damien Hirst red nose. The wines
cost £4.99 each, at least £1 of which will go to Comic Relief, a charity that benefits disadvantaged people in both the UK and in Africa.
Atelier Moet is a pop-up Champagne store where Christmas shoppers can get a bottle of Moet & Chandon personalised with Swarovski crystals. Opening Wednesday 3 December on 70 New Bond Street,
artisans will be at work in the boutique applying the crystals to 75cl bottles, as well as larger formats (all the way up to 1,500cl nebuchadnezzars). The stores will also be opening in other
selected cities around the world.
Veuve Clicquot has opened its first Champagne Bar and Boutique at Harrods in London. The brand’s entire range of cuvees is
available at the bar. Visitors can select from Yellow Label, Veuve Cliquot Rose, Vintages, and La Grande Dame, all available by the glass or bottle. A range of Veuve Clicquot gifts can also be
purchased at the bar, including some items exclusive to this outlet. Shoppers can choose between the bar area, with angular bar stools and a view of the international fashions available, or the
more intimate lounge area. A selection of dishes from an a la carte menu is available. The bar and boutique is located on the first floor of Harrods.
We regularly pop a cork as a pre-prandial treat, but Champagne also makes a great partner for many foods. Champagne’s popularity as an aperitif is no accident: it perks up the palate and stimulates
the appetite for the meal ahead. But it is a much more versatile accompaniment for food than it is generally given credit. Fiona Beckett provides some pointers..