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Openings: Voltaire

Published:  19 April, 2013

A new restaurant that offers private dining, an outdoor terrace and a Champagne bar has opened in London's Square Mile. Housed in a building that was once both a palace and a prison, Voltaire boasts the capital's largest collection of Pommery Champagne, as well as an al fresco cigar terrace, and a series of spacious vault rooms where guests can dine in private with their own dedicated waiter.

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The List: The Providores

Published:  05 April, 2013

Anne Krebiehl navigates the 99% Kiwi wine list at London's Providores and Tapa Room

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Openings: The Truscott Arms

Published:  05 April, 2013

A newly reopened London pub is bringing a taste of culture to its customers. The Truscott Arms in Maida Vale not only serves up food and drink, but also offers punters the opportunity to browse its third-floor gallery, where exhibitions by some of the country's most talented young artists will be held.

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Sommelier's view: Cedric Beaumond, Bo

Published:  05 April, 2013

The newest addition to Bo London's team is Cedric Beaumond, previously head sommelier and wine manager at what he describes as the "relatively comfortable" Savoy Grill.

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Alvin Cheung: searching for perfection at Bo London

Published:  05 April, 2013

The self-dubbed 'Demon Chef', Alvin Leung does not do anything by halves, as Douglas Blyde discovers while delving...

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The List: Enoteca Turi

Published:  15 March, 2013

Owner Guiseppe Turi tells Bernadette John why Italian wines triumph over all on the list at Puglia specialist Enoteca Turi

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Openings: The Port House

Published:  15 March, 2013

The Port House, a Dublin-based-chain of restaurants inspired by Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, matched with a selection of speciality gins and Spanish and Portuguese wines, has opened in London's Covent Garden.

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Openings: Salvador & Amanda Bloomsbury

Published:  15 March, 2013

Spanish tapas bar and restaurant Salvador & Amanda has now opened a second venue in Bloomsbury, offering a combination of traditional Spanish eats, as well as quirky takes on some old favourites.

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It's all meat and drink to Hawksmoor

Published:  15 March, 2013

There has never been a better time to go out for a steak in London and you would struggle to find a place superior to Hawksmoor. Dominic Midgley discovers the chain is as proud of its drinks offer as it is its rib eyes and sirloins

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Paul Ainsworth is new chef on the block

Published:  15 March, 2013

Rick Stein is no longer the only culinary attraction in Cornwall's Padstow - Paul Ainsworth is drawing his own crowd, as Ed Robertson discovers

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The List: Chrysan

Published:  01 March, 2013

Nina Caplan on the drinks offer at Hakkasan's City of London Japenese venture

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Restaurant review: The Lamb Inn

Published:  01 March, 2013

My room is named after The Glenlivet, and part of a spent cask from the Speyside distillery protrudes. This is The Lamb Inn, 15th-century outpost of the Boisdale group. Ranald Macdonald founded his first whisky and cigar focused bar in Belgravia in 1988. The business expanded to Bishopsgate in 2002, with the opulent, purpose-built Canary Wharf site opening in 2011.

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Restaurant review: Guillaume Glipa Coya Restaurant & Bar

Published:  01 March, 2013

In the aftermath of International Pisco Sour Day, Douglas Blyde talks to Guillaume Glipa, general manager of Coya, London's latest Peruvian restaurant.

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Introducing the new breed at MASH

Published:  01 March, 2013

Douglas Blyde learns how the founders of the Modern American Steak House are training up a new wave of sommeliers

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Hi-Spirits appoints Scottish on-trade rep

Published:  01 March, 2013

Distributor Hi-Spirits has appointed cocktail expert and former bar manager Chris Deacon as field sales executive in Scotland.

Text Distributor Hi-Spirits has appointed cocktail expert and former bar manager Chris Deacon as field sales executive in Scotland.

 

Deacon's brief is to build sales of spirit brands including Buffalo Trace bourbon, Antica sambuca and Fireball cinnamon liqueur. He will work with bar operators to win new listings, develop cocktails and signature serves for High-Spirits' brands.

 

Deacon previous worked as bar manager at Tigerlily in Edinburgh where he oversaw the development of the bar areas during a £180,000 refurbishment and created its cocktail menu. He has also managed bars in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Edinburgh venues Tempus and Voodoo Rooms.

 

Deacon regularly competes in cocktail competitions and made the finals of global cocktail competition World Class in Moscow.

 

"My operational experience gives me a strong understanding of the support bartenders need from a spirits supplier," he said.

 

Jeremy Hill, chairman of Hi-Spirits, said: "We're delighted to welcome Chris to the business. His passion for high quality spirits drinks and service, combined with his knowledge of the Scottish bar scene, will be huge assets for Hi-Spirits as we continue to expand our distribution."

 

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Phileas Fogg celebrated at new Mayfair bar

Published:  27 February, 2013

A bar recreating the home of Jules Verne's famous adventurer Phileas Fogg will be opening its doors this summer.

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The List: Boundary Restaurant

Published:  15 February, 2013

Christopher Delalonde MS brings the classics to Boundary's wine list and pushes quality at an affordable price

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The List: The Red Lion

Published:  15 February, 2013

It's all about cheese and wine at this Market Harborough gastropub

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Openings: The Goat in Boots

Published:  01 February, 2013

The Goat in Boots is set to be reopened in April by the team behind the Eclipse, Cocoon, Bumpkin and Boujis.

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Restaurant review: The Lock Bar and Kitchen

Published:  01 February, 2013

The Lock Bar and Kitchen is the more upmarket restaurant of two at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Still blighted on the outside by 1970s architecture, a recent refurbishment saw the property given a good degree of character within.

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