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Wine & Cocktails

We travelled far and wide to unearth the most suitable wines to complement the menu at our Mediterranean restaurant in Leicester Square. We visited countless vineyards, met some fantastic growers, and tasted more wines than we care to admit. The result is a meticulously curated wine list that pays particular attention to France and Italy, in addition to a few favourites from across Europe and the rest of the world.

Many years ago, before the globalisation of today, eateries around the Mediterranean would only serve one kind of wine – the house wine. It was always grown and produced locally, a literal expression of the restaurant and its provenance. The tradition of house wine has since evolved to be a restaurant’s calling card. A statement of who they are, what they represent. It is not, as it has come to be known in certain parts of the world, a synonym for cheapness or inferior quality. That is why our restaurant near Leicester Square serves a high-quality house wine that is representative of who we are and what we believe in.

Famille Perrin Ventoux Rouge 2021

It is hard to remain impartial as the wine tasting begins, sitting near the foothills of Mont Ventoux and gazing at the endless undulating slopes of the Southern Rhône Valley. But as it happens, the wine itself is as enchanting as our surroundings. When we visited the Perrin family, we had an instant connection. Their respect for the terroir, their organic and biodynamic approach to winemaking, their indelible hospitality and commitment to manual methods all aligned with our own values and vision. It was not a difficult choice then to select Famille Perrin’s Ventoux Rouge 2021 as Whitcomb’s house wine. In their words, the fruity and full-bodied Ventoux Rouge 2021 is the “archetypal pleasure wine: authentic, genuine, and tasty”. Need we say more?

Cocktails

Wine is the natural drink to pair with food, which made us think: why can’t we do the same with cocktails? 

 Whitcomb’s Head Mixologist, Pierpaolo Schirru, has created a cocktail list that pairs with each stage of your dining experience, from the pre-dinner Arrivée to a digestif inspired by the classic Espresso Martini. But it wouldn’t be a Whitcomb’s cocktail without a nod to our obsession with wine, which is why every cocktail features an expression of grape, in some shape or form.

Raising the Bar

Pierpaolo Schirru, Head Mixologist

“Creating a cocktail menu is a little like writing a story. You have an overarching narrative, which is the brief and style of the bar. To immerse myself in the creation process, I spend time researching themes and flavours to fully understand the concept. When I’m ready to start testing and creating, I feel like each cocktail is a character that must play its part in completing the story we’re trying to tell. I’ve always been fascinated by how blending humble ingredients can create such magical flavours, and how using certain techniques can further enhance the experience for the person on the other end of the glass.”