We meet Henry Butler from Butler’s Wine Cellar who celebrates 40 years of trading this month. Now in its fourth decade in Queens Park Road, with a second retail outlet in Brighton’s Kemp Town, mail order and internet operations, and supplying many of Brighton’s best restaurants, pubs and bars, Butler’s can claim the title of Brighton’s Oldest Independent Wine Retailer.
We meet Melanie Mann, owner of modern Japanese restaurant Kujira in Brighton. Kujira is a Robatayaki grill restaurant with slick interiors, stand out cocktails and a basement level karaoke bar. Melanie talks about running her own business, her inspirations and influencers and the excitement of winning Best International Cuisine at the Brighton Restaurant Awards.
We meet Samuel Benson, director of ABV Media who organises the Brighton Bar Awards. The BBA ran for the 5th year at the Hilton Brighton Metropole and it is arguably one of the highlights in the Brighton bar scenes’ annual calendar. We talk to Sam about the awards, this years winners and where it all started.