Morrisons kicks off Christmas drinks discounting with £13 Champagne

UK supermarket Morrisons is kicking off pre-Christmas drinks discounts particularly aggressively with some huge price cuts on Champagne, including bottles selling for just £13.

M Restaurants hires Champagne-serving robots

Martin Williams, the chief executive of Rare Restaurants, has recruited Champagne-pouring robots to serve diners at London’s high-end M restaurant chain after lockdown.

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news this week: chef Sat Bains starts a samosa business with his mother; organisers plan a second Hospo Demo, and sommelier Jan Konetzki gives his take on the latest restrictions. 

Study shows clingfilm can remove cork taint

A study carried out in France has shown that plastic clingfilm can successfully remove 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), also known as cork taint.

London restaurants and pubs to enter tier two next week

London restaurants and pubs will enter tier two coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday 2 December, when England emerges from a month-long lockdown.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: a Sussex winery and Brighton retailer join forces on a foxy photo competition; the Covent Garden estate launches an auction to help London’s homeless population; and Italy’s latest Michelin Guide is released.

Fuller’s posts £22m loss in half-year results

Pub group Fuller’s has posted a loss of over £22 million in the first half of the year, and has reduced its workforce by 20% since April. 

Mulled wine hot tub coming to the UK

Nothing says Christmas like mulled wine and country house hotel Shrigley Hall in Cheshire is offering guests the chance to bathe in it at its mulled wine hot tub.

China tariffs make market ‘unviable’ for Australian wine

China looks set to impose enormous tariffs, in excess of 200%, on imports of Australian wine in a move which Australia’s trade minister said makes the market “unviable” for the country’s wines.

Johnnie Walker launches new 21YO whisky in Hong Kong

Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker is releasing John Walker & Sons XR 21, a new 21-year-old whisky, in Hong Kong this month.

HK bar industry unhappy over latest closure order

As Hong Kong confirmed 80 new infections on 24 November, the government has announced the closure of all entertainment premises, including bars and nightclubs from Thursday this week.

Meals on wheels: restaurants with nationwide delivery

Restaurants around the country have swapped their crockery for food boxes during lockdown 2.0. Here we round-up a selection of eateries shipping their meal kits nationwide.

Table Talk: Tom Booton

The youngest ever head chef of The Grill at The Dorchester on eating fermented shark in Iceland, the joy of foie gras and Sauternes; and why he’ll never take his beef tartare off the menu.

LVMH appoints new Moët CEO

French luxury group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) has appointed a new CEO for its Champagne houses Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Mercier.

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