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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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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
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...