Champagne sales in the UK fall in 2009

Champagne sales in the UK dropped by around 5 million bottles in 2009. The fall represented a 15% decline in sales, with 30.52 million bottles imported, according to the Champagne Bureau. The UK remains the largest export market for the drink but sales now sit at levels last seen in 2002. And UK customers have…

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Gordon Ramsay opens revamped Pétrus just days ahead of Australian debut

Gordon Ramsay’s ‘reborn’ Pétrus has re-opened today, just days ahead of the launch of his first Australian restaurants Maze and Maze Grill. Pétrus is now based at 1 Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge with head chef Sean Burbidge at the helm. Ramsay’s firm Gordon Ramsay Holdings lost the previous Pétrus site at the Berkeley hotel after chef patron Marcus Wareing left the company to work directly…

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The gradual decline of the dress code

Fine dining isn’t what it used to be. For the most part it is better – the quality of produce, ingenuity of tastes and flavours, modern methods producing different textures and techniques, wine lists getting broader and varied. Service has stepped up a gear, and decor tends to be simple, understated and welcoming. All to…

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Must Haves for 2010

Can you fathom that we are already midway through February? Perhaps it was the January snow or winter hibernation, but 2010 seems to have hardly started. The dark nights mean catching up on reading, and here’s a great article from the Economist’s “Must Have for 2010” by Beppe Severgini. What caught our eye for gourmet…

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