UK restaurants over the past decade have jumped on the bring your own wine to dinner wagon, and they are very well known for their corkage fee. As of twenty ten, the new concept of BYO wine club restaurants are popping up in several restaurants across the UK. The concept was created by a partnership between Christopher and Khadine Rose and high street chain Nicolas.
Christopher and Khadine Rose had the BYO wine club idea when they were planning a retirement party for his co-workers. They wanted the dinner menu based on bottles of Chateau Talbot, but some restaurants would not let them bring their own or cater to their menu needs. They began the venture to bridge the gap between wine lovers and restaurants by adding unique wine club memberships.
The concept is quite easy to understand the wine club membership fee is annual, and the participating restaurants allow you to bring your own wine on specific days with no or little corkage fees. Most restaurants offer to the wine club member’s special menu options that complement the wine.
Wine Club and No Corkage Restaurants
Pompadour by Galvin
The Pompadour by Galvin in Edinburgh, Scotland is owned by brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin and offers a world class dining experience. The Pompadour wine club brings their wine loving diners together one day a week, with no corkage and will develop a four-course menu around your BYO wine choice.
Hix Oyster and Chophouse
The Hix allows patrons every Monday to bring their own wine to dinner. The wine club style of this upmarket restaurant is in the heart of London and will not charge a corkage fee and with Nicolas’s wine shop up the road offering to their customers five percent off wines who could ask for more.
Café Minuet in Cardiff
Café Minuet is not licensed to serve wine or beer, so they welcome you to their wine club style restaurant to be able to bring your own with no corkage. The café is classic Italian cuisine and is nestled in an Italy style bistro setting with small tables inside and outside for alfresco dining.
Rotana Café in Dublin
Rotana serves traditional home cooked Lebanese food that is above and beyond the traditional falafel and hummus. Rotana offers a type of wine club membership in terms of they allow you to bring your first bottle of wine with no corkage but may make you pay €5 thereafter.
Bring your own wine club, and no corkage restaurants are spread throughout the UK and offer their member’s free corkage and some even design menus around your personal choices in wine. Visit and become a member of your local restaurant wine club today.