first to the bar

27 August, 2008
l Basset opens Terravina

Well-known Master of Wine , master sommelier and founder of the Hotel du Vin hotel chain, Gerard Basset has opened his own hotel in southern England's New Forest .

Basset - who also found time to write Wine Experience, a definitive book on wine tasting - describes Terravina, close to the port of Southampton, as "a boutique hotel in the country".

An interesting wine list goes without saying and the food - "Californian wine country-style that makes the best use of local produce" - comes from Rory Duncan who was formerly at One Aldwych in London and Driftwood in Cornwall.

The family-run hotel boasts an open kitchen with wood-burning stove and a covered veranda for al fresco dining. It also has a fully equipped conference room that can accommodate 36 people.

l Are you Sure?

The Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled what it describes as two new concepts - Sure Bar, a "stylish style bar with an Irish flavour" and Brasserie de Verres en Vers (pictured), which is said to be a modern interpretation of a French brasserie in its Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin.

Sure boasts cocktails and gourmet bar food and is a "working partnership with Waterford Crystal", so selected drinks are served in stemware from the famous Irish crystal maker.

The brasserie has an all-day menu and a focus on fresh produce. Rezidor worked with the Gorgeous Group to try to make Sure and Verres en Vers stand alone from the hotel itself.


Nick Strangeway


Happy customers across the UK enjoyed their first pints and non-homemade cocktails at the start of July as its hospitality sector reopened after months of lockdown. But normal service has hardly resumed.