1. Clarette Wine Bar & Restaurant
    Posted On: September 8th, 2017

    Clarette Wine Bar & Restaurant

    A Yapp Brothers catch up in London after our Summer holidays usually involves visiting a new restaurant, tasting a few wines and sharing a few anecdotes about recent vinous discoveries. We decided to meet for lunch at Clarette, the latest opening on the booming restaurant scene in Marylebone. The owners Alexandra Petit and Natsuko Perromat du Marais have successfully transformed...
  2. Mature Chinons at Portland
    Posted On: April 10th, 2017

    Mature Chinons at Portland

    As one of the most underrated regions in France, the Loire valley still attracts many wine lovers. At Yapp Brothers, we never had a doubt of its full potential as we have been importing a large diversity of styles from the region since the 1960's. The Touraine sub-region is the cradle of Cabernet Franc, a grape that has thrived there...
  3. Clipstone Restaurant
    Posted On: March 15th, 2017

    Clipstone Restaurant

    Following a memorable lunch at Portland in Marylebone last summer catching up with an old friend from Germany, I could not resist for long when I heard that Will Lander and his team had opened a sister restaurant around the corner, eponymously named Clipstone. After four attempts I finally managed to secure a table a couple of weeks ago on...
  4. Blandford Comptoir
    Posted On: October 10th, 2016

    Blandford Comptoir

    Like many French people living in London all I dream about when it comes to good food is simplicity, authenticity and charcuterie! After a few years working with French wines in London, I've come to appreciate the diversity of restaurants and styles of cuisine the European capital can offer.   Blandford Comptoir   When we heard that Xavier Rousset opened...
  5. Wining in Whitstable
    Posted On: June 23rd, 2016

    Wining in Whitstable

    To the famous Royal Native Oyster Stores in Kent yesterday for a staff training session followed by a highly convivial dinner with the management team lead by their inexhaustible hostess Angharad Renshaw-Green.     Unsurprisingly our afternoon's wine tasting focused heavily on crisp, clean white wines that make a fine accompaniment to the local bivalves. We kicked off with our...
  6. Glorious Graillot on the Gray’s Inn Road
    Posted On: May 27th, 2016

    Glorious Graillot on the Gray’s Inn Road

    The brilliant baroque basement of Otto's restaurant, on the border of Bloomsbury, was the sumptuous setting for a highly-convivial wine dinner with Antoine Graillot last night. Otto and I go back a long way and he keeps a very fine table and enviable cellar to boot so I am keen to stay in his good books. He had been cajoling...
  7. Degrees of Separation
    Posted On: May 9th, 2016

    Degrees of Separation

    Art, food and wine (the good things in life) are all linked and the interplay between them is fascinating. There were two events of interest in our neck of the West Country last weekend. Firstly there was the opening of a superb exhibition of drawings by Lucinda Rogers called 'Industrious' at Rook Lane Arts ( in my home town of...
  8. Bellanger
    Posted On: January 4th, 2016


    A couple of days before Christmas, I managed to find a few hours to meet up with two old friends and visit Bellanger, the most recent opening from the consummate restaurant team, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. Messrs Corbin and King opened The Ivy (in 1990) and restored Le Caprice and J. Sheekey around the same time, before selling that...
  9. 45 Jermyn Street
    Posted On: November 18th, 2015

    45 Jermyn Street

      To 45 Jermyn Street for a 'working lunch' with the talented artist Toby Ward ( with whom I am collaborating on our next wine list, to check out the latest restaurant venture from the enlightened team at Fortnum & Mason. After hastily snapping a shot of the exterior I was greeted by a genuinely enthusiastic doorman who enquired whether...
  10. The Only Way is Essex
    Posted On: September 10th, 2015

    The Only Way is Essex

    A recent trip to visit friends and relatives on Cape Anne in Massachusetts provided the opportunity to revisit one of my all-time favourite restaurants 'Woodman's of Essex'. Happily, although I had managed to clock a full decade between visits, it hadn't changed one iota. Founded in 1914 by 'Chubby' and Betsy Woodman and still run by their descendants the weekend...

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