Hawksmoor Manchester: Restaurant diner accidentally served up £4,500 bottle of wine

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2019

To the member of staff who gave it away, chin up.

A restaurant spokeswoman says "it was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake".

By then the waitress had realised that she had accidentally served the most expensive vintage on the wine list, a £4,500 bottle of Château Le Pin Pomerol 2001.

The restaurant tweeted a photo of the two wines side by side, adding in capital letters: "They look pretty similar OK?!"

And the customer - who had ordered a bottle worth £260 - was happy to drink the extortionate wine.

Instead of the wine that was ordered by the customers, she served the Chateau Le Pin Pomerol 2001 - a rare French wine worth nearly $6,000. Many believe it to be a remarkable wine.

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Mr Beckett said the staff member involved was "brilliant, and we know she is brilliant" so there was no point criticising her for a one-off mistake.

"Sometime later another member of staff said, "Ooh, someone is drinking a very impressive wine, and at the bar!' That's when we realized". At the end of the meal, the customers learned they did not get the wine they ordered, but the management did not reveal to the table how costly the error was.

The tweet has since been shared thousands of times, and social media users are praising the restaurant for forgiving the manager's mistake.

In an interview with The Washington Post, co-owner Will Beckett said that it was an "expensive mistake" but was pleased to run a restaurant with such a forgiving atmosphere.

It describes the vintage as a "tremendous effort", adding: "Its deep ruby/plum/purple colour is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, cherry liqueur, plums, liquorice, caramel, and sweet toast".

Hawksmoor is one of the country's best-known steak restaurants, with branches in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and, soon, New York.

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