Fine diners are drinking wines at plonk prices as a bring-your-own (BYO) booze trend gathers pace in top restaurants in London and across the country.
Hit by a drop in takings in the recession, a group of eateries – including a few with Michelin status – are letting diners bring their own favourite wine for now extra charge or a modest corkage fee instead of paying often huge mark-ups on the house list.
Resturants such as Aubergine, Abutus, Club Gascon and Boisdale, £50-a-head restaurants (without wine) which are a far cry from the cheap curry houses associated with the practice.
Jamie Oliver plans to spend millions of pounds of his own money in the next 10 years to improve food education and meals in UK primary schools.
Schools will be able to bid for “literally hundreds of thousands of pounds” to take measures including building gardens and kitchens.
He said he wanted to “touch 1,000″ of the UK’s 20,000-plus primary schools.
Although plans were at an early stage, he hoped the scheme would provide a model for government policy.
Jamie’s was speaking after it was reported that he was in 22nd place on the Times Giving List, which estimates he has given £2.7m to charity.
His 15 restaurants support a charitable foundation which funds chef apprenticeships for disadvantaged young people.