Ten years ago, the suggestion of a Dry January would have been met with gargantuan guffaws in London bars; the very concept was alien to the majority of us, starved of sunlight in a post-Christmas malaise. Yet increasingly, abstinence is becoming a very fashionable concept, particularly among the young. Today,
“Don’t talk to me about sophistication, I’ve been to Leeds.” That famous line from a classic Harry Enfield sketch – involving an unsophisticated, boorish Yorkshireman – was referenced on more than one occasion during a recent trip to the county’s largest city to explore the Leeds food scene.
James Lawrence takes a look at the changing face of the English cocktail scene – and comes away impressed. The United Kingdom has long been associated with a prominent, and indeed infamous, drinking culture. Other countries, especially those where binge drinking is a rarity rather than the norm, are aghast