Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Restaurant accidentally gives diners £4,500 bottle of red wine

Restaurant accidentally gives diners £4,500 bottle of red wine

The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead of the 260-pound ($333) bottle they had ordered of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2001.

The restaurant posted on Twitter to say the customer was accidentally given the expensive 2001 bottle and that the member of staff should keep their "chin up".

Beckett said the staff member involved was "brilliant, and we know she is brilliant" and this was a one-off mistake. "THEY LOOK PRETTY SIMILAR OK?!" the restaurant admitted.

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"It was a very busy night at the restaurant and a very simple mistake", Irena Pogarcic of Kitchen Communications said in an email.


But a manager helping out mistakenly grabbed a 2001 Chateau le Pin Pomerol worth $5,700. "The wine went out and was served to the customer", a Hawksmoor spokesperson told The Guardian in an email.

The restaurant figured out the mistake when a different manager walked by the table and looked at the wine.

However, others responded with skepticism and brought up the fact that Manchester has a large homeless population while the restaurant is serving R80,000 wine.

It comes from Bordeaux's Pomerol appellation in the Catusseau hamlet of Gironde and only 500 cases of the 2001 vintage were made - hence the high price. "The customer didn't know and it was only afterwards that one of the managers picked up what had happened".

"I am going to tease her for this when she stops being so mortified", Beckett said.

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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