Oddbins – back on track?

Like many in the UK wine trade, I started off in my wine career at Oddbins. I came to Odd after it’s heyday but it was still a great place to learn about wine both for  us employees and the customers. Sadly, Oddbins couldn’t keep up with the times and due to  years of neglect and mismanagement, went the way of the Dodo,...

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Wine(sleuth) and (London) Food(ie) matching supper club

So the London Foodie and I put on a supper club not long ago. How did that happen? And more importantly, how did it go? Luiz and I were sitting around one evening, shooting the breeze and imbibing a delicious red Rhone. “We should do a dinner with food and wine matching!” One of us always says that whenever we start...

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Posh Pub Crawl in Central London

Nov 03, 11 Posh Pub Crawl in Central London

Posted by in Food and Wine, London

I went on a posh pub crawl not long ago as part of the London Restaurant Festival week. 5 pubs owned by the EMT Group, starting at  The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, off to the Hat and Tun in Farringdon, followed by The White Swan, The Botanist for dessert and The Cadogan Arms for a night cap. Chiswell St. Dining Rooms  in Barbican...

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Bespoke Cheese & Wine tasting at the Andaz Liverpool St

Oct 31, 11 Bespoke Cheese & Wine tasting at the Andaz Liverpool St

Posted by in Food and Wine, Hotels and Spas

Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Liverpool St is the Andaz Hotel. I love the fact that the hotel is situated on the original site of the Bethlehem or “Bedlam”, as it became known in the local vernacular, mental institution. The hospital is long gone but it does make me wonder what sort of crazy goings-on could be...

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Lashings of Rum at the Worship St. Whistling Shop

Aug 27, 11 Lashings of Rum at the Worship St. Whistling Shop

Posted by in Spirits

The History of Rum. Could be interesting in the right hands. At the Worship St Whistling Shop bar it was one of the most fun and informative evenings I’ve had out drinking in quite awhile. And that’s saying something. Tristan Stephenson was our genial host/narrator and led us through the dark Victorian style bar to The...

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