Diner accidentally gets £4,500 bottle of wine in Manchester restaurant

Chris Losh

How Hawksmoor turned a £4,000 mistake into a PR triumph Chris Losh 16 Ma

The restaurant was described as very busy when the incident took place on Tuesday.

A lucky diner was accidentally served a £4,500 bottle of red wine at a restaurant.

The bottle of wine that the customer actually ordered was a Bordeaux of the same vintage, coming in at £260.

But a staff member picked up the wrong bottle, and they were presented with a £4500 ($8775) 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol - 17 times the price of their pick. Furthermore, the Manchester restaurant showed compassion towards the staffer who made the mistake, telling them to "chin up" and that "one-off mistakes" are bound to happen in the service industry.

Founder Will Beckett said the staff member who made the error was "brilliant" and said he saw no reason to criticise her for a "one-off mistake".

In a phone interview with The Washington Post, Beckett said the manager was from another Hawksmoor location and was helping the waitress on a busy night, and erred when picking up the bottle and handing it to the server. "The customer didn't know and it was only afterward that one of the managers picked up what had happened", she added.

Robert Parker gave 2001 Le Pin 98 points in 2004, and the cheapest price Imbibe could find for it on Wine-Searcher was £1,400 for a half-bottle.

The 2001 Château Le Pin features in the "rarities" section of Hawksmoor's menu and is the most expensive item on the list.

"I am going to tease her for this when she stops being so mortified", he added.

A manager at the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor, an upmarket chain specialising in steaks and seafood with nine sites across the United Kingdom, apparently picked up the luxury wine unknowingly in what the restaurant management described as a "one-off mistake".

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