Nigel Williams presents My Taste with Bibendum Wine, a series of programmes featuring renowned chefs and restaurateurs. Nigel will chat to the guests about their love of food and wine, discovering their favourite restaurants, wines and dishes, to give you the inside track. Our first guest is Will Beckett, one half of the founding partners of the successful London steakhouse group, Hawksmoor.
THIS WEEK’S GUEST
Will Beckett is the son of food and wine author and restaurant critic Fiona Beckett. While other kids were out stealing hubcaps or honing their skills in pool halls, Will accompanied his mother to Michelin-starred restaurants. From the badlands of the Roux brothers’ restaurants, he decided that his dedication to endless eating and drinking could only mean one thing – he had to open his own restaurant.
Will met business partner, Huw Gott at school at the age of 11 and they opened The Redchurch, a late night bar in Shoreditch in 2003. By 2007 they owned 4 venues - Green & Red, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar (awarded Evening Standard Bar of the Year), the Marquess Tavern, a gastropub focusing on well sourced British produce (awarded Time Out Gastropub of the Year) and Hawksmoor, which opened in 2006 in Spitalfields and became instantly successful, rekindling Londoners’ love affair with steak.
Bibendum’s Wine Pick for Will
Will’s fond of pink fizz or “brosé” as the Manager at his restaurant, Foxlow, has nicknamed it! He chose Balfour Brut Rosé, an English sparkling rosé made in some of the finest vineyards in Kent.
If you’re yet to be convinced by the quality of English fizz, then pick up a bottle of the Balfour Brut Rosé and taste it blind against your favourite pink Champagne. You won’t be disappointed, and that goes for the boys too!
THE BIBENDUM APP
Find the wines you love
Discovering the wines you like can be tricky. That’s why Bibendum developed the grape app Plonk. Plonk starts with grape varieties and wine styles, helping you to understand the flavours you like as well as making suggestions of something similar to try. With Plonk in hand you’ll be equipped to pick the wines you love in shops, restaurants and pubs.Plonk at the Apple Store Plonk at Google Play Plonk at the Windows Store
Bibendum is one of the leading independent drinks suppliers to restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels across the UK. You’ll find our wines and spirits in neighbourhood bistros, Michelin-starred restaurants, stylish bars and classic hotels up and down the UK.
“From house wine to Haut-Brion” as one of our customers put it, Bibendum has an award-winning range at all price points. It focuses on providing outstanding quality and value across the range. In addition to wine, there’s a fantastic range of spirits and craft beers and the recent addition of an exclusive range of sake.