Anton prefers the phrase "relaxed, modern dining" to "fine dining" - and explained: "I don't want a restaurant which is stiff and formal, and where a wine waiter
is pouring water for you every five seconds.
The team at Cambium were a joy, especially the wine waiter
, who had a clear passion for his job.
This is how we did it: Harrods Hamper Claret Sauvignon Blanc Earl Grey Tea Bags Darjeeling Tea Bags English Breakfast Tea Milk Chocolate Chunk Biscuits Raspberry Jam Spicy Date and Tomato Chutney Thin Cut Marmalade Seeded Savoury Crackers Sea Salted Butter Fudge Wine Waiter
Box hamper TOTAL: PS125 Asda Hamper Extra Special Bordeaux, PS8.
I well remember the Spanish wine waiter
who used to be there during the 1960s when we used to go there on Saturday nights for a steak and chips meal.
The snap in the tackle, the crackle in the atmosphere, the popping of Premier League egos, the rejected hero up front, the bandaged centre-half spilling more claret than a drunken wine waiter
Twenty-seven other service awards were presented, and those of 10 years or more went to: Mr Marcello Casera, wine waiter
, 18 years; Mr Patrick Hudson, head chef, 13; Mrs Mavis Scholes, maid, 12; Mrs Eileen Murphy, maid, 10; Mrs Mary Rychter, kitchen assistant, 10; Mrs Audrey Broadbent, head waitress, 11.
Our enthusiastic and informed wine waiter
explained why a glass of Ancre Hill Sparkling Rose from Wales made the perfect accompaniment for crab, and he was right.
He was offered the post of wine waiter
and after a few weeks, he encouraged Eileen to apply for a waitressing job.
Winning several service awards, such as the Best Wine Waiter
of the Region award at a competition organised by Orient Lanka at the Hotel Swiss in Kandy, Kumara has time and time again been recognised for his potential and good works.
A short drive away is Blace, where you can sample the wines made by former wine waiter
Ludovic Gros at the Domaine des Terres Vivantes.
IALSO recall a long-gone Goodwood - a dinner party with Guy Harwood and Greville and some new owners in a swish new restaurant - when Starkey decided to adopt the role of wine waiter
and, with towel over his arm, walked deadpan from table to table, inquiring about orders for liqueurs.
Now I'm no wine buff - quite the opposite in fact - but if you're not confident about which tipple to select, the hotel's knowledgeable wine waiter
will happily offer you the benefit of his expertise (thankfully without making you feel like an uneducated hick