In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Black stuff revival

Stout, once the bulk of London’s 18th century beer production, is making a comeback. Do you remember when Whitbread, Truman’s and Manns were independent and advertised their stouts on the then new-fangled commercial TV channel? Those days have gone but the dense black beer is showing signs of new growth. Stout was born out of Porter, which got its name ...

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Winter warmers

Raise your spirits in the thick of winter with a traditionally summertime icon. Summer and Pimm’s at events like Wimbledon, Cowes Week and Ascot may seem a distant memory, but a warm version using the brandy-based Pimm’s No 3 could help you survive a cold winter. Pimm’s No 1 Fruit Cup, to give it its full title, was invented by ...

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A taste of Christmas

A delicious drinks basket for the festive period with some of the best tipples reviewed in All at Sea over the year.   Fizz Top of the Pops this year and trending fast is Thomson & Scott’s Skinny Prosecco. It is a quality wine with discernible flavour at 11 per cent abv but crucially only 67 calories per 100ml glass, ...

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Crafty Gins

For a craft gin it is the distilling process that counts, not because a distillery is new. The resurgent popularity of gin over the last five or so years is remarkable, driven by new craft distillations entering the market. Trendy bars offer a dedicated gin list and one of our royal yacht clubs recently scheduled a tutored gin-tasting evening. There ...

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Deauville delights

Enjoy this stylish French resort while discovering one of its best beers and the local Calvados. Once the Southampton Boat Show ends (25 September) there is still time for an end-of-season cruise. There is Deauville, the stylish seaside resort on France’s Baie de la Seine coast. You will find striking belle-époque buildings, a grand casino incorporating four restaurants, two bars ...

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Cowes Week debutant

The Isle of Wight Distillery’s new Wight Mermaid Gin is making its first Cowes Week appearance this month. I am surprised that the commercially astute Isle of Wight only just has its first distillery. The Isle of Wight Distillery is based at the established Rosemary Vineyard near Ryde and the two founders, Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett, have been able ...

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Cornish magic

Sailing in the West Country this summer? Look out for Nevek, Lust and Dream as well as some fine Cornish beers and wines. When cruising in the southern extremity of the UK’s southwest coast, an enthusiastic member of my local sailing club discovered three Cornish cream liqueurs and passed them on to me as highly recommended. ‘Nevek’ is the Cornish ...

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Skinny Prosecco

Much has been written about Prosecco and its relatively bargain price. The demand in the UK continues to grow strongly, but it should not be seen as a cheap alternative to Champagne. Prosecco is a fine wine in its own right and the Italian producers have worked hard to build up and police their own DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata ...

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Whisky rebellion

When all other food producers are obliged to reveal exactly what is in their products, the opposite is true for whisky. There is a move afoot to change this. We are used to being bombarded with government advice and explicit product content labelling intended to help us make informed choices on food and soft drinks. But would you like to ...

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Time to get crafty

Here is a great way to do your fitting-out shop and treat yourself afterwards. The Arthur Beale chandlery at Shaftsbury Avenue in London was one of seven companies which founded the London Boat Show, first held at Olympia in 1954. Having exhibited again the next year, the chandlery dropped out once the show moved to Earls Court but, this year, ...

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