As the iconic Mayfair restaurant sketch reopens its doors in 2021, Wine Director Frederic Brugues has reimagined the still and sparkling wine menu, putting what he believes to be some of the finest England has to offer on the centre stage throughout the restaurant.
Recognising England as the new old world boasting increasing expertise, geological diversity, warmer and longer summers, and ever unafraid to break the mould, sketch’s Wine Director, Frederic Brugues, has decided to showcase the best the country has to offer by expanding our offering of English-produced wines throughout all their menus.
“We are committed to making efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and support local economies, which is why we have decided to take our support of English and Welsh wine craftsmanship to the next level in 2021 by moving 20-25% of our yearly volume to English wine producers,” says Frederic Brugues.
Having worked with the likes of legendary English winemaker Peter Hall of Breaky Bottom for over a decade, and pioneer Jonty Daniels of Astley Vineyard (one of the oldest vineyards in the United Kingdom, based in Worcestershire), sketch is proud to be supporting family-run and small businesses across the country’s wine regions.
New additions that are poured by the glass include rosé from Dedham Vale Vineyard in Essex, white from Danebury Vineyards in Hampshire, and a pouring red made by the students of Plumpton College in East Sussex, the next generation of winemakers in the country, serving the 2018 Rock Lodge of Plumpton Estate.
Ana Dogić Winemaker at Plumpton commented “We are absolutely thrilled that our Rock Lodge Red has been chosen by sketch as the house pouring red wine and listed by the bottle in their iconic Lecture Room & Library Restaurant. It is an amazing achievement for Plumpton Wine Division and our students and this incredible listing really demonstrates the quality of wines we are producing at Plumpton.”
The pouring sparkling wine served throughout the ground floor at sketch is the Louis Pommery England Brut, the first English sparkler produced by a Champagne house (using Hampshire-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Champagne Pommery has been sketch’s close partner of 20 years.
sketch’s home, 9 Conduit Street, was designed by James Wyatt in 1779 and has previously been the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects before later becoming the London Atelier of Christian Dior. sketch was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz, and three-Michelin-starred Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. As a destination for food, art and music the Mayfair venue continues to contribute to the building’s heritage as a destination for experimentation.
The site consists of the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the East Bar, and the Gallery. The Lecture Room & Library was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005, a second star in 2012. The restaurant was recognised with Michelin’s top three-star accolade in 2019. Over the past decade, due to Mazouz’s commitment to art and design, the venue has hosted works by hundreds of artists – Chris Levine, Ron Arad, Carsten Nicolai, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute, Tracey Emin, and more recently, Turner-Prize-winner Martin Creed and nominee David Shrigley as part of its long-term programme of artist-designed restaurant for the Gallery.
sketch strongly believes that businesses have a social responsibility and is committed to helping local communities with initiatives such as adding £1 donations to every restaurant bill. The funds raised provide support to two organisations with compelling causes, Place2be and Hospitality Action.
Address: sketch, 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG +44(0) 20 7659 4500