Somewhat astoundingly, 60% of wet sales now come from wine – no small feat, even considering the surrounding area’s affluence.
As well as a thorough list covering traditional and slightly more ‘out there’ grapes and vintages, the Red Lion & Sun has invested in an Enomatic machine, meaning it is now able to serve fine wines by the glass for as little as £4.50 for 50ml of Chambolle-Musigny 2009. Prices range from around £20 to £80 per bottle (not including the special vintages served via the Enomatic).
Heath and the team work closely with their supplier Bibendum, hosting staff tasting evenings and collaborating on training. Staff – some of whom have been with the pub for upwards of three years – are focused on engaging with customers, not just learning their tastes, but challenging and encouraging them to try new wines.
The Red Lion & Sun is a robust business that performs exceedingly well when it comes to wine, but ultimately it’s the team’s passion that shines through above all else – Ball and his staff are genuinely excited about wine and they want to share that.