Category Archives: Evenings Out
by Marc Ditcham. Published September 17th, 2012.
With suit pressed, shoes polished, 2 x Decanter World Wine Awards invites in hand, the promise of a Champagne reception, trophy-winning wine, great company, great food and the possibility of winning the Best London Wine Merchant title, it had all the makings of a perfect evening. Unfortunately, my date was not a beautiful trophy wife [...]
by Ian Stirling. Published August 8th, 2012.
Some months ago after a long, cold walk through the New Forest, I stopped in at a pub called The Master Builders in the very small hamlet of Bucklers Hard – formally a shipyard for Nelson’s navy (there’s a 5 star ship-building museum there, if that sort of thing floats your boat). The menu contained [...]
by Ian Stirling. Published August 6th, 2012.
A married couple have but one anniversary a year and, on that very strict basis, even I am prepared to cast all fiscal caution and reason and sense and prudence and logic to the wind and, for 2.5 hours on that happy date, indulge myself. And my wife. Apparently Pizza Express no longer cuts the [...]
by Simon Sharich. Published July 26th, 2012.
I was in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago talking Olympics tickets with my flatmate. I had none, but was airing a somewhat dreamy preference that, if I could have a ticket to anything, the Women’s Beach Volleyball seemed a pretty attractive choice. Amazingly, the reply came back that she had already acquired two [...]
by Adam Green. Published July 18th, 2012.
A Monday evening in late June saw the Japanese Embassy host a Sake (rice ‘wine’) and Shochu (Japanese spirit) tasting, with 30 brewers and distillers in attendance showing off their products. This year was an especially important event for the exhibitors, being one of the first tastings in London since the Tohoku earthquake last year; [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published September 3rd, 2010.
It’s been a good few years for Roberson Wine and we have been fortunate enough to be voted as ‘London Wine Merchant of the Year’ at both the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the Drinks Business awards in the last couple of years. The third and arguably most prestigious of the industry gongs was the [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published November 16th, 2009.
Continuing the Roberson ‘Hedonists Gazette’ part of the blog, it was with some excitement I sat down to lunch at L’Astrance, one of the most talked-about restaurants in France. Receiving its third Michelin star in 2006, this is a three star restaurant like no other, a fact that becomes clear very quickly. The dining room [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published October 9th, 2009.
As a committed Burgundophile I have dreamed of one day being invited to join the ‘Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin’. It is a place where the crème de la crème of wine makers, merchants and writers come together to share the finest and rarest wines of Burgundy – and perhaps the world’s most illustrious drinking [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published August 14th, 2009.
During the month of August, The Ledbury restaurant in W11 has turned into the poshest BYOB in town and is charging zero corkage. So when a friend announced that he was organising his birthday dinner there, myself and Gav didn’t need asking twice. London isn’t short of great restaurants, but I have been meaning to [...]
by Joe Gilmour. Published February 16th, 2009.
The Roberson team embarked on wet Sunday for the annual ‘Christmas’ dinner – which, this year was in mid-febuary, I hear that it has even been as late as August in the past. The venue was Bentleys in Mayfair, I turned up early and nearly didn’t get in at all. I said hello, the large [...]