Those seeking the best of British based bubbly should saunter Bloomsbury way to The Coral Room where wines from makers such as Hambledon and Greyfriars await
Article by Catherine Ferguson
No longer the preserve of ‘those in the know’, English Sparkling wines are rapidly becoming the bubbles of choice for fizz fans in Blighty. With homegrown sparkling wines beating French rivals in blind tastings time and time again, some might say there’s never been a better time to start sampling.
For those dipping their toes into English sparkling for the first time, The Coral Room couldn’t be more perfect, with their wine list championing local producers, rotating six handpicked, small vineyard sparkling wines, served by the glass.
One of the newest additions to the list is Greyfriars Sparkling Fumé. The Greyfriars vineyard is on the south facing chalk slopes of the Hog’s Back, just outside Guildford in Surrey. One hundred per cent Sauvignon Blanc, winemaker Mike Wagstaff revels in its uniqueness. “As far as we know, we are the only UK vineyard to make a sparkling Sauvignon and we are delighted to have been included in one of the biggest English sparkling wine lists in the UK.”
Fresh and zesty with intense citrus notes and just the right level of fizz, it kicked off my weekend quite perfectly. At £8 a glass, it positively oozes value for money.
Curated by Master of Wine, Anne McHale, the English Sparkling Wine List is such a treat. According to Anne, “The quality of England’s finest fizz is growing year on year, and at The Bloomsbury we’re proud to be champions of this exciting local product. Our effervescent line-up at The Coral Room, one of the most extensive in any bar in the country, will showcase a range of bubbly styles from classic through to modern and quirky.”
The Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvée Rosé NV was another favourite from the current list. Hailing from England’s oldest commercial vineyard on the South Downs, it’s a wonderful mix of pink fruit and flora, where a punnet of strawberries meets a bouquet of roses.
The Coral Room is an oasis of calm, just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road in the heart of Bloomsbury. Designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki, they promise that “the vibrant grand salon bar reflects an exquisite country house transported to the city.” The décor and design are reminiscent of Rennie Mackintosh with echoes of a bygone colonial era. A great place to the end the day and bask in the English sparkling bubbles – the only danger is, you may not want to leave.
Enquires: The Coral Room, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN / 0207 347 1221 / www.thecoralroom.co.uk