Yesterday, the Prime Minister recommended to people that they avoid pubs, bars, and restaurants. He did this without forcing them to close, and therefore leaving them with little financial protection.
I can’t comment on the wider COVID-19 stuff, but this feels particularly harsh on the hospitality sector, which is already working on paper-thin margins as it is. Many restaurants and wine bars I see are handling this with particular grace, and my local favourite Peckham Cellars made the decision to close indefinitely
I’ve seen multiple calls for restaurants to offer vouchers for sale while closed, so that cashflow is maintained to be paid back at a later date. Fine idea indeed.
My copy of Victoria James’ Wine Girl
arrived yesterday, which I’m looking forward to start reading. It’s a memoir about her time as one of the youngest female sommeliers in the trade, and the obstacles, humiliations and triumphs associated. There was an extract
in the Sunday Times
a few weeks ago, which I’d highly recommend.
I’m not sure how long they’ve been there, but I spotted in Waitrose a new range of lesser known grapes this week. I picked up a few of them to try out during impending isolation and couldn’t quite hold off. Expect a handful of these over coming weeks.