Royal St Andrews Hotel bags fifth Diners Club award

Royal St Andrews hotel has actually gotten its 5th Diners Club Winelist award, a diamond worldwide award for 2022.

VINTAGE COLLECTION: Royal St Andrews hotel has actually won the 2022 Diners Club International Wine List diamond award. The hotel’s food and drink supervisor, Robin Hyde holds up among their classic red wines, a 2013 Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo: FAITH QINGA

The hotel is no newbie to bagging this distinguished worldwide red wine award: they won platinum in 2016 and 2017 and diamond in 2018 and2019

Royal St Andrews is the only hotel in the Eastern Cape that got the diamond score and revealing the award, the hotel stated they were happy to represent Port Alfred, the Sunshine Coast and Eastern Cape at big on a global phase.

The distinguished distinction is likewise an evasive one and the hotel stated it was a homage to the art of a well-structured white wine list that completely fits their great dining Thistle Restaurant menu.

It can be put down to the exceptional white wine understanding and constant effort of the hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager, Robin Hyde.

” Port Alfred has a dining establishment that has a world class white wine list, which permits individuals to have an exceptional food and red wine experience,” he stated.

The South African Diners Club Winelist Awards validate that a facility has a great and well thought-out red wine list that compliments the menu.

” When you come and consume at The Thistle, we have a white wine list which is curated to the greatest requirements so it implies you’ll have incredible red wines to opt for the food. It reveals that we have actually made the effort to stock white wines that will fit everybody,” he stated.

The requirements that caused the facility getting the diamond ranking consisted of:

  • It shows the specific white wines’ vintages throughout (no “split” vintages);
  • It consists of a sufficient variety of white wines per classification for the kind of facility;-LRB-
  • The list includes outstanding red wines in all/most classifications and at different cost points;-LRB-
  • The list plainly consists of interesting brand-new white wines in addition to traditional labels;-LRB-
  • Also: It includes a reserve/select list of aged white wines;-LRB-
  • Also: The list consists of many and intriguing red wines by the glass, representing a lot of the white wine classifications and from numerous manufacturers;-LRB-
  • It uses either excellent, customised and/or helpful red wine descriptions for the red wines or dining establishment has actually a certified and validated sommelier group;-LRB-
  • The list (or the white wine stewards/sommeliers) has the ability to provide customised food and red wine pairings;-LRB-
  • The list is without significant mistakes in info;-LRB-
  • The list discusses which areas the white wine originates from (white wine of origin).
  • The list has contents and/or an index to help navigation; or navigation is facilitated for the restaurant.

Royal St Andrews hotel uses food and red wine pairing on Thursdays and the red wines picked for the pairings originate from their acclaimed white wine list.

” Every Thursday, we do the food and red wine pairings and all those white wines we utilize there come off our white wine list. And when you come here, each meal on our a la carte menu has a white wine that we advise that you can enjoy it with,” stated Hyde.

Hyde stated that every year the hotel had actually entered their white wine list, they constantly won awards.

” It’s good to understand that we’re still existing and as much as date since certainly similar to food, white wine patterns alter; there’s brand-new wineries, brand-new red wines, various vintages so it reveals that we’re staying up to date with the remainder of the world,” he stated.

To schedule a table at the Thistle dining establishment call 046 604 5400 or contact


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