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Vinous Table: High Timber, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2021

It was a pleasure to get back out again and revisit one of central London’s dining secrets. Anyone with an interest in South African wine should make a beeline for High Timber, which should reopen fully from May 17.

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Vinous Table: Brat x Climpson’s Arch, Hackney, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Rejoice! Restaurants in the UK are (sort of) open again. I could not have chosen a more perfect reintroduction to fine dining.

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Vinous Table: Le Relais de Saulx, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Le Relais de Saulx served one of the best evening meals I had in Burgundy last year. I enjoyed its cozy and informal ambiance; it’s one of several recent additions to the Beaune restaurant scene that is refreshingly relaxed and unstuffy.

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Vinous Table: Ma Cuisine, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Beaune would not be Beaune without Ma Cuisine. For sure, I missed the atmosphere that makes Ma Cuisine what it is, but it will return with flocks of customers once COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror.

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Vinous Table: Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

I had heard about Petersham Nurseries, and given its novel location, had always wanted to dine there. During the lull in COVID-19 cases in the summer of 2020, a friend suggested it would be a suitable venue after weeks of self-isolation.

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Vinous Table: Lorne – Meal Kit Dinner

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Overall, Lorne’s meal kit was a great success, even more than expected. Not only did the meal kit break up the stultifying routine of lockdown, but I was doing a tiny bit to help an industry inextricably linked to mine.

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Vinous Table: New Year Lockdown

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2021

Surviving until the end of this wretched year felt like something worth celebrating, so we decided upon a Japanese-themed evening. Given that we were isolating in Guildford rather than Tokyo, we had to make some compromises on the food front.

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Vinous Table: Sunday Night Supper Club

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Antonio Galloni, Dec 2020

After tasting hundreds of wines over the week, it was nice to spend some time with a few bottles and my closest inner circle, watch a little NFL football and forget about all the stresses of 2020, even if just for a little while.

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Vinous Table: Grouse Club – Fourth Edition, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2020

Upholding the tradition of a proper lunch with all its bells and whistles is the informally titled Grouse Club, formed for no reason but to share the titular game bird after the Glorious Twelfth.

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Vinous Table: Pizza and The Original Hamburger in New Haven, CT

Vinous Table

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2020

I was recently passing through New Haven, outside the always hectic lunch and dinner hours, so made the not-difficult call to stop in Modern and also to swing into Louis’ Lunch, founded in 1895 and home of what many historians believe is the world’s original hamburger. As usual, both quick snacks were sublime, both for the food and the atmosphere.