People & Places

Agustin Trapero, Head Sommelier of Launceston Place gives advice and opinions on the wonderful wine world

Agustin Trapero

Hailing from El Tiemblo in Spain, Agustin was practically born in a vineyard, but it wasn't until he came to the UK in 2001 and began working in restaurants here that his love of wine also became a career.

He joined Launceston Place in the summer of 2011 after completing a stage at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck in Berkshire. He is a big fan of the wines of his home country, but as you'll discover, he holds a special affinity for the wines of Burgundy.

A Champagne for Burgundy Lovers: Henriot

If you love the elegant richness of the greatest white wines from Burgundy, then you're going to love Henriot Champagne.

Tim Maddams, previous head chef at River Cottage Canteen reveals why local is lovely and sustainable makes sense

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Tim Maddams is a chef, food writer and cookery teacher from the South West. His passions have always been focused around producing amazing dishes using ethicallly produces, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Over the last 15 years, Tim has worked in a variety of exciting roles across a wide range - most famously for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage canteen on the Devon / Dorset border. Currently, Tim runs the creative food company 'Green Sauce'.

Five of the best bars in Manchester

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Where would you drink in Manchester? In a new city it’s easy to join the crowd and end up at a mediocre place serving over-priced drinks with a bunch of people you are convinced are the ‘missing link.’ No fear as we run down the five best watering holes in Manchester – don’t worry there’s something for every one!

Carluccio's head chef Marc Sloper talks simply sensational dishes. Viva Italia!

Italian born Antonio Carluccio opened ‘Carluccio’s’ Italian food shop in 1991, which expanded to a café in 1999 (first opening in Market Place, London). Today, Carluccio’s operates from 66 UK locations. A joint Italian food shop and café serving breakfast to dinner, a little taste of Italy. 
His latest opening is in the city of Bath on Monday September 10th. We have spoken to the head chef Marc Sloper on all things Italian....