Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Lockdown is thankfully starting to ease and we are slowly on our way to returning to a new normal. Although we are not quite there yet, eating out is not exactly as fun as it used to be, you still can't go for drinks with the team after work to destress after those long hours. So if you are still looking to find ways to unwind with friends but still enjoy them in the comfort of your home we found these two wonderful businesses that are creating some exceptional experiences for you to enjoy.
The team at Rippon Cheese have been going above and beyond during lockdown, and who can resist some delicious gourmet cheese! Here's a little bit about them...
Rippon Cheeses is a small family-run cheesemonger, that has been trading for over 30 years. They have a selection of over 300 cheese currently, covering cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk. Sourcing the cheese from UK farms and also France, Italy, Germany, Spain - focusing on artisan hand made cheese.
Having lost a considerable amount of business during the lockdown as they supply restaurants and public areas - however, have managed not to reduce our staff numbers or furlough any of the team as we have expanded their retail over the past few months via local offers and in-store promotions and offers. Still open to walk-in customers, who can select from the in-store offer (sadly only 1 customer at a time in the shop)
Rippon Cheeses are offering local deliveries that we take out on foot and drop off on the way to and from work. We are also posting out deliveries to people who are based outside of London, via overnight express. They have also teamed up with other food providers in the area so that customers can order Fish, Meat, Fruit, and veg as well as cheese! If you are looking for something to cheer you up Rippon Cheeses has also teamed up with key caterers to offer cheese plates for home as part of a full at-home meal service!
If you mention Acknowledge's blog post when come in store you will receive a 10% discount!
Now you have your cheese, you are going to need some wine to go with it! Introducing Hedonism Wines!
Established in August 2012 & located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Hedonism is a fine wine & spirits boutique which has already become the most talked about wine project of recent times.
The UK’s best buyers have sourced around 6,500 wines & 3,000 spirits, taking the crème de la crème from each region of the world whilst carefully checking the provenance of every bottle.
From classics including the Macallan 1946 Select Reserve, Highland Park 50YO, Ararat Noyan Tapan 70YO & a magnum of Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée Conti 1966 to a vast collection of the outrageous & quirky Sine Qua Non, a complete vertical of Masseto, Torbreck The Laird 2006 in a spectacular 27-litre bottle & a whole host of old & rare liqueurs, gins & vodkas.
Each of their guests can expect to receive the very highest level of customer service from our dedicated wine specialists, many of whom are former sommeliers from top Michelin starred restaurants. With a passion for Hedonism project, the extremely friendly & knowledgeable team understands how to make our guests feel welcome. They are always looking to be helpful & go the extra mile. In line with this, they also offer express shipping to over 60 countries worldwide & delivery within the hour in central London.
During the lockdown, we have taken a few steps to ensure customers would receive their favorite wines & spirits in time, including:
Increased number of deliveries per day (3 to 4 times more than usual)
Free UK delivery for any order of 6 or more bottles or over £200
We have always had a large range of half bottles and we have made sure we were keeping our stock at a good level as the demand for smaller bottles was strong during lockdown.
All events have been moved to online events, with various options including live Instagram, ticketed events based on a theme & private events. People have been booking events and we have despatched their wines (mostly half bottles) as far as Lithuania. It has proved very successful.
More details on these here: https://hedonism.co.uk/wine-spirits-tastings
If you are looking for ways to connect with your clients and help to push along deal closures, why not have a remote cheese and wine night? I'm sure the clients will appreciate it and enjoy catching up with you!
Cheers from the Acknowledge Team!