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Food and wine partners help to train students – and tastebuds

An award-winning restaurant in Hull is to showcase its key partnerships and its commitment to training with a night of fine food, rare wines and cool jazz.

1884 Wine and Tapas Bar will present wines from around the world sourced by independent family firm Yorkshire Vintners as it launches its own wine club. The restaurant will also take the next step in its collaboration with East Riding College by inviting catering students to join its team on the night and by featuring live music from student jazz combo Mad Dog Trio.

Deborah Spicer, Director of 1884 Wine and Tapas Bar, said:

As our name suggests, wine is a very important part of what we do so we’ve decided to launch our own wine club in association with Yorkshire Vintners.

The launch on Friday 9 March will be a special occasion and is already attracting a lot of interest so we also want to involve East Riding College and provide their catering and music students with an opportunity to gain experience of working in a top restaurant.

1884 Wine and Tapas Bar has been shortlisted in the restaurant category of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) for the second year running, having won the award in 2016.

Other awards have followed and the commitment to improve remains as strong as ever. The restaurant routinely achieves five out of five in its Food Hygiene Rating and has still been investing in more training with East Riding College in recent months.

The partnership with Yorkshire Vintners was formed a year ago and will reach its anniversary with a tasting presentation by wine merchant Edd Simpson at the launch of the wine club.

Edd said:

I’m not aware of any other restaurant in the region that holds events like this on a regular basis and that takes control of its wines in this way, but then this is a wine and tapas bar!

They have always been led by Spanish wines but last year we did a wines of the world evening, and I know they are interested in diversifying further, taking in new wines that you won’t find in the supermarkets and other big stores and opening up to small, independent producers.

I am a bit of wine geek and I love everything about it, from the production of wines to the drinking. It can be intimidating for some people if they think they should know more about what’s happening with wine. If I went into a chemical engineering firm I would not expect to know anything about what they do, but people think they have to claim they know more about wine than they do. It’s OK to not know much about wine. My job it to make it more accessible so they know a bit more next time.

Steve Tranmer, the wine waiter at 1884 Wine and Tapas Bar, has been working closely with Edd and recently completed a sommelier course with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

He said:

I’ve been trying new stock and looking for new wines to bring into the business. The launch will pair six hard-to-find wines from around the world with some wonderful dishes from our kitchen including Dover sole, lamb rump and rib of beef.

Edd will provide some insight into the wines that we have selected, and the evening will be followed by a series of similar events which will give wine club members the opportunity to place their own orders for wines that are exclusive to Yorkshire Vintners and 1884 Wine and Tapas.

For details of the launch event and future wine nights visit or call 01482 216306.

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