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The Art of Sabrage

Learn the art of Sabrage, the technique of opening a bottle with a sabre - a method which became popular in France when the armies of Napoleon celebrated their victories. Napoleon is known to have said "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it." The blade travels up the neck of the bottle to break it away near the cork, leaving the main body of the bottle open and ready to pour.

There are many stories about this tradition. One of the more spirited tales is that of Madame Clicquot, who had inherited her husband's small Champagne house at the age of 27. She used to entertain Napoleon's officers in her vineyard, and as they rode off in the early morning with their complimentary bottle of Champagne, they would open it with their sabre to impress the rich young widow.

We have taken such an old tradition and kept it alive, by joining the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, which has continued through the years to promote such an exuberant ritual. The evening will include a demonstration on how to open a bottle of Champagne with a sabre, the opportunity to open your own bottle of Champagne, certificate of the event and a delicious three course meal from our a la carte menu.

The Art of Sabrage, plus a 3 course meal £130 per person.