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(The latest 5 Posts are listed below)


A ‘Gin string’ to our bow
DRINKS Posted: 23/09/2016
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A ‘Gin string’ to our bow We have secretly been developing our own exclusive brew of gin, infused with the famous botanical, Manuka. First introduced from New Zealand in the 1800s, bees feed on this pretty bush to make Manuka honey, grown here in the UK at Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall. Tweaking the original Sipsmith London dry gin with the Manuka, we have extracted the essential oils which gives the gin very f...

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New Zeland Wine Lunch - Churton Sauvignon Blanc
WINE Posted: 12/08/2016
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New Zeland Wine Lunch - Churton Sauvignon Blanc With great pleasure, we’re happily bringing back the New Zeland Wine Lunch over the period between September and November of 2016. One of the wines we will be serving with this offer is going to be Churton Estates Sauvignon Blanc. Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first planted in 2000 with a European ...

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The Somersert Cider Brandy
DRINKS Posted: 03/08/2016
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The Somersert Cider Brandy Our latest addition on the bar list - The Somerset Cider Brandy   It has long been recognised that for growing apples for fermenting, England has three "vintage" areas where the soil conditions and climate are deemed best for growing cider apples, known as "terroir". All of these areas are in Somerset, Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, is right in the middle of...

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Ancre Hill Estates, a family owned vineyard and winnery in Monmouth, Wales
WINE Posted: 22/07/2016
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Ancre Hill Estates, a family owned vineyard and winnery in Monmouth, Wales Our Head Sommelier, Guillaume Kaczmar, has visited Ancre Hill Estate vineyard located in Monmouth, Wales. Ancre Hill Estates is a family run business comprising husband and wife team, Richard and Joy and son David.  Richard explains that Dave is the real driving force behind the business.  Armed with a BSc in Viticulture & Oenology gained at Plumpton College (part...

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Lobster at L'Ortolan
FOOD Posted: 12/07/2016
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Lobster at L'Ortolan British native lobster season is in its peak. Each week, here at L’ortolan we receive two deliveries of these fantastic animals, allowing us to serve the very freshest of those worlds famous crustaceans. We have very exacting standards we look for when purchasing lobsters, but being over 200 miles from the fishing port of Newlyn we need to ensure we have a great workin...

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