Understanding your guests is as important as being a wine expert
Should we consider binning the service charge in the on-trade in favour of a living wage for staff, plus optional tipping? //
This issue our tasters hit the heights, gazing down on a sun-drenched London from the 38th floor of the Gherkin, as Coe Vintners and Searcys team up to impress our panel with their food and wine matching capabilities. Chris Losh conquers his vertigo to keep an eye on proceedings
Aspall’s Henry Chevallier-Guild talks to Susanna Forbes about cider and sushi, looking like Jesus and the annual World Pickled Egg Championships
Over 1,800 wines, 80 sommeliers, 6 days of tasting plus a decider for the Food Match medals… and the SWA 2013 results are in!
Everyone knows about the drinks heritage of Bordeaux, Pilsen and Speyside. But Burton-on-Trent? From Irish nuns to IPA, Nigel Tarn takes a look at the epicentre of the British brewing industry and the beers it produces
With the exception of the Liverpudlians, perhaps, most people would agree that Manchester now offers some of the best nightlife in the North West. To launch our new City File series, Imbibe went in search of the bars and restaurants that make this celebrated city tick
Yorkshire’s main city, and the largest financial centre outside London, Leeds is brimming with bars, cafés and restaurants, catering to its large graduate and professional population. Imbibe gets into the fun, unpretentious Leodensian spirit
Name-dropping may be fun, but it won’t elevate you to the bartenders’ hall of fame. Nick Wykes celebrates the mixologists whose genuine talent can be missed among the PR-fanfare of better known celebrity haunts
The economy might be recovering slowly, but customers are still on the lookout for a deal
In need of something to wet his whistle, Barspy makes a trip to the south coast and finds something to float his boat at Seattle – though there’s no mermaids in sight...
High alcohol, massive hop content, lemongrass, blackberries... in the world of brewing, anything is possible, and nothing is sacred. Welcome to the brave new world, says Nigel Huddleston
Home to The Beatles and recent European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has always had a buzz about it. But it’s not just about the arts – this city has some seriously good bars and restaurants too. Imbibe tracks down the scouse party spirit...