In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Drinks that set up the summer

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Get ready to cast your clouts this month and start thinking of summer wines. Crisp whites, tasty rosés and why not a bit of fizz for the same price as still wines? New this year to the UK from South Australia is Tim Adams Pinot Gris, setting a bit of a top-shelf standard at £10.40 (Tesco). The winery was established ...

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Locally caught fish and Devonbrewed Otter ale

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The historic Torbay town of Brixham is still one of England’s busiest fishing ports and a popular stopping-off place on West Country cruises. The marina is on the site of the old Uphams shipyard where many trawlers and ocean-going yachts and a replica of the Mayflower were built, and requisitioned by the Admiralty in World War II. Now the marina ...

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Raise another pint to Nelson

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We last featured the Nelson Brewery at historic dockyard Chatham back in May ’05 for the excellent celebratory England Expects beer it brewed for the Battle of Trafalgar 200th anniversary. I am pleased to report that the brewery is still going strong. England Expects was an excellent bottle-conditioned ale but now most of its core products are draught beers. This ...

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A toast of toffee to the end of an era

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Toffoc is the name of a new toffee-flavoured vodka from a small family enterprise in Anglesey, Wales. It is a version of the toffee-flavoured vodkas you may have come across skiing in the Alps and, as far as I could see, the only new thing in drink at this year’s Boat Show. Sweet and, at 27.5 abv a ‘liqueur’, not ...

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Dark ales to warm up dark winter days

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One nice compensation for winter is the attraction of the dark beers to be found in our better pubs. There are always a few seasonally promoted ‘winter warmers’ from major brewers and the ever-inventive small independents, and excellent they are, too. But a beer for winter does not have to be so named. Some of the best are year-round darker ...

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Thought in a bottle

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A bottle is a always a useful present, but make it different, something that requires a bit of sourcing effort, and it becomes more than just the bottle that counts. On our cruises we often come across enjoyable local drinks, never seen in shops at home because their production volumes are too low for serious exporting. However, you may just ...

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Patriotic solution to the fizz fuss

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Whatever was all that fuss about our political leaders being seen ‘quaffing’ Champagne? Where have all the Champagne socialists gone? I know people for whom Champagne is their regular tipple . . . well, one. For the rest of us it holds a clear position as a symbol of celebration, success or ultimate hospitality. What would the Formula 1 podium ...

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Buy beer for the Legion and then look east for wine

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In a month marking the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, the fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships cruising up the Thames for their annual reunion lunch at Weybridge Mariners Club seemed very poignant. Many had Chelsea Pensioners on board, some of them on the actual little ship that had rescued them in June 1940. Next month, once ...

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Gin born in Cheshire

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If Dutch Genever is the original gin, what then is Original Bombay Gin? Simply the first gin of that name by the Bombay Spirits Co of England, originally distilled in Cheshire and the forerunner of today’s popular Bombay Sapphire. Although based on a recipe dating from 1761, the Bombay brand dates only from the mid 1900’s and Bombay Sapphire was ...

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Stout and oysters for Calves Week

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August sailing news may be dominated by Cowes Week but there is plenty going on elsewhere. In the same week that 1,000 plus boats and 8,500 sailors take over Cowes for the regatta first run in 1826, across the sea in Ireland in Cork Harbour the younger, smaller and more skittish Calves Week Regatta goes on. Plan for next year ...

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