Following on from recent success stories like Gauthier Soho, Mews of Mayfair and L’Etranger incorporating restaurants with off licence elements, comes new contender Galoupet in Knightsbridge’s smart Beauchamp Place. It’s owned by the proprietors of the award-winning Chateau du Galoupet vineyard in Côtes de Provence and somewhat unsurprisingly features an onsite wine store. Vychith Heuang Praseuth (Asia de Cuba and Sake No Hana which he launched in 2008) will join as General Manager.
Food is slated as drawing on Mediterranean and Asian influences (without mention of the F word), however, with chef Chris Golding (Zuma in Knightsbridge, Nobu Berkeley, Nahm and The Square), we’re pretty sure we’re going to like it no matter how it’s billed!
Galoupet’s wine list will change according to the menu, where each dish will be paired with a choice of several wines by the glass with a prix fixe wine-pairing menu underlining a value for money approach.
The wine store will be situated on ground level at the front of the informal space which is set over two storeys of an attractive Georgian terrace. However, in addition to the expected range from the owners’ vineyard, there will be a constantly changing selection both from the Old and New Worlds which are to be chosen by a series of guest sommeliers. Changing quarterly, these will range from well-known wine writers to sommeliers from top London restaurants.
The store will also boast several enomatic wine machines enabling people to try before they buy – appealing, we’re sure, to both seasoned oenophiles and wine novices in equal measure. In addition to 32 wines to be sampled, Galoupet will premier ‘The Flute’, London’s first enomatic Champagne machine which will offer four4 Champagnes by the glass including a range of vintage bins.