The King of Norway, King Harald V, was imbibing a glass of 2009 Levin Sauvignon Blanc at the Bar of The Capital whilst waiting for the Queen Sonja and Princess Martha Louise to join him for lunch. When I ask him if he was enjoying the Sauvignon Blanc he said, ‘Yes, very much.’ Perhaps it’s breaking royal protocol to report, but it gave Madame L quite a thrill!
We have had an amazing foodie week here in the UK, whilst our 2013 vintage is happily fermenting in France! Saturday we were lucky to get a table with Tom Kerridge at the Hand & Flowers in Marlow – British Pub Food at its 2 Michelin star best. Lovely to start with a great cider and Lovage Soup with Bramley Apple, Smoked Eel, and Ham and Cheese Tortellini, followed by slow Cooked Duck Breast with Savoy Cabbage, Duck Fat Chips and Gravy – I was dreaming of this dish matched with Madame L Gamay!
The wonderful Brown’s Hotel hosted the ‘Hotelier of the Year’ and indulged us with Dom Perignon, Caviar and a “Britindia Banquet”. Wonderful food, wonderful staff with a great restaurant.
Our very own Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel, Chef Pete Biggs and Nathan Outlaw wowed us with Raw Scallops & Bacon, Apple & Beetroot, matched to ourSauvignon Blanc 2009, Levin, Loire Valley, France. My personal favourites, Monkfish with Parsley & Garlic, Leeks & Mushrooms, Lobster Risotto with Orange & Basil and Lobster Dressing…….. my husband David dislikes photos of food, but for once I must disagree, I think they look great!
Lunch at the new Foxlow in Clerkenwell yesterday proved that this city just keeps delivering an amazing range of restaurants, great food – sticky 10 hour slow cooked beef rib with Kimchi, crispy 5 pepper squid, and loved the She + T (Sherry & Tonic), great staff, and another hit for Will Beckett and Huw Gott ……..all they need now is a fabulous organic Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley ………… wonder where they can get that from?