Rosé wine is either loved or hated…..Mateus anyone?! Its emergence, in recent years, finally into the wine drinkers’ conscience of a wine that can be taken seriously, has made me hop with joy. Gone are the days of sickly sweet White Zinfandels in chain bars drunk only by teenage girls, as we welcome wines from across the globe and of all colours and tastes.
Christmas Day 2016. I flew to Australia for the first time. My friend and I were hiring a camper-van and driving from Brisbane-Adelaide-Melbourne along the coast. The purpose of the trip…why not? We did have a few criteria for our trip; stop off in Byron Bay, New Year’s Eve in Sydney, ending each day with a beer on a beach, and of course wine tasting!
Meet our award-winning kitchen team featured above celebrating the last working day of 2016 in London’s recently crowned ‘Best Private Dining Venue’, One Great George Street. Standing from top left to right is Charlene Basan – Head Chef, Joey Castro – Kitchen Porter, Bayani Balba – Kitchen Porter, Kamila Hajduk – Chef de Partie and David Wilkinson – Executive Chef. Seated from bottom left to right is Roberto Timbreza – Kitchen Porter, Oren Grant – Sous Chef, Marian Gal – Chef de Partie and Judith France – Lead Chef de Partie. A big thank you also goes to our Lead Sous Chef Amanda Staunton.
Before I begin please let me assure you that details I provide below relate to my real family recipe. Whether it is a secret or not is up for debate, but the fact that this recipe was handed down from my maternal Great Grandmother is beyond question. As for its secrecy it may be more accurate to say that this is a recipe shrouded in apathy because to my knowledge only my mother and I from the Wilkinson clan have ever used it. (more…)
The Stephenson Room
We scooped up our recent award for Best Private Dining Venue, which was conveniently in the nick of time for our re-opening since the summer refurbishment. It was almost like we had foreseen this; that I had pre-planned a spectacular private dining experience for our Squaremeal Ambassadors met during the 2016 Squaremeal Show. Of course we were proud of this title and therefore we wined and we dined our 20 guests like we had never before! And this is what they had to say…