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On lockdown: Melody Wong, sommelier

We caught up (virtually) with Melody Wong, head sommelier at Skylon, to talk getting ready for reopening, Basque-style cheesecake, and looking after young somms.

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Pubs and restaurants can reopen from 4 July – but questions still remain

Restaurants and pubs are allowed to reopen from 4 July, social distancing has been reduced from two metres to ‘one metre plus’, and businesses will be encouraged to collect the contact details of customers.

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Cask Marque initiatives prepare pubs for reopening

Beer quality control organisation Cask Marque has launched two new measures to assist pubs with reopening in the wake of Covid-19.

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Primum Familiae Vini launches £90,000 prize for family-owned businesses

The Primum Familiae Vini, a consortium of 12 renowned family wine businesses, has announced the creation of The PFV Prize.

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Anna Sebastian and Sam Ayling launch Skywalker cocktail initiative

The duo have partnered with No.3 London Dry Gin and Seedlip to raise funds for ex-hospitality staff sleeping rough due to Covid-19.

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Members’ club Trade to launch app and rebrand in covid-19 pivot

Trade, the Soho-based hospitality industry members’ club, has announced plans to rebrand as a wine bar open to the public, while launching the Trade app to provide ‘a hub for hospitality professionals’.

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Reopening guidance leaked as hospitality sector awaits official advice

Drink orders will be placed on smartphone apps, restaurant menus will have fewer items than usual and nightclubs will still be a no-go, according to newly leaked government guidance on reopening.

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Government unveils new support measures for on-trade

The UK government has announced its extension of the moratorium on lease forfeitures for commercial properties affected by covid-19, including pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Podcasts

SipAdvisor: Listen to our first Imbibe podcast

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our new monthly podcast and our first episode features all-star line-up: the Artesian’s Anna Sebastian; sommelier Jan Konetzki; beer writer Pete Brown; Club Soda’s Laura Willoughby, and ciderologist Gabe Cook.

SipAdvisor special: Natural wine podcast

Following the announcement earlier this year that ‘natural wine’ has been legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature, our first  podcast special edition is entirely dedicated to the subject.

SipAdvisor: Episode 2

In the second episode of our podcast, we look at what re-opening might look like for the UK’s pubs bars and restaurants – including an interview with on-trade marketing legend Mark McCullough about the 100 Day Playbook, a muse on PPE for hospitality staff, all accompanied by a glass of English fizz for English Wine Week.

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Anna Sebastian and Sam Ayling launch Skywalker cocktail initiative

The duo have partnered with No.3 London Dry Gin and Seedlip to raise funds for ex-hospitality staff sleeping rough due to Covid-19.

News |  People & Places

Members’ club Trade to launch app and rebrand in covid-19 pivot

Trade, the Soho-based hospitality industry members’ club, has announced plans to rebrand as a wine bar open to the public, while launching the Trade app to provide ‘a hub for hospitality professionals’.

News |  People & Places

Reopening guidance leaked as hospitality sector awaits official advice

Drink orders will be placed on smartphone apps, restaurant menus will have fewer items than usual and nightclubs will still be a no-go, according to newly leaked government guidance on reopening.

News |  People & Places

Government unveils new support measures for on-trade

The UK government has announced its extension of the moratorium on lease forfeitures for commercial properties affected by covid-19, including pubs, cafes and restaurants.

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The duo trying to change the law to revive the British pub

Robin Honhold, who made a name for himself behind the scenes at Dandelyan and White Lyan, and marketer Mark Jennings have launched Locally Poured to help pubs survive the coronavirus crisis.

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Matthew Clark opens e-commerce platform to on-trade for the first time

New customers can order from over 5,000 of the wholesaler's wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks without having to open an account.

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AA launches free ‘Covid Confident’ accreditation

Available to all hospitality venues that pass the AA’s criteria the initiative is aimed at instilling consumer confidence in venues as lockdown is lifted.

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Let's Lunch global campaign launched to support restaurants post-lockdown

Non-profit initiative Amigo del Dia has launched a world-wide campaign to help restaurants and bars recover from the effects of the pandemic.

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The duo trying to change the law to revive the British pub

Robin Honhold, who made a name for himself behind the scenes at Dandelyan and White Lyan, and marketer Mark Jennings have launched Locally Poured to help pubs survive the coronavirus crisis.

News |  People & Places

Matthew Clark opens e-commerce platform to on-trade for the first time

New customers can order from over 5,000 of the wholesaler's wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks without having to open an account.

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AA launches free ‘Covid Confident’ accreditation

Available to all hospitality venues that pass the AA’s criteria the initiative is aimed at instilling consumer confidence in venues as lockdown is lifted.

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Let's Lunch global campaign launched to support restaurants post-lockdown

Non-profit initiative Amigo del Dia has launched a world-wide campaign to help restaurants and bars recover from the effects of the pandemic.