Fancy a drink? Sam Wylie-Harris raises her glass to the week’s best buys
SPEARHEADED by the World Cup, the flag of England and a wave of patriotism seems to be boosting St George’s Day celebrations on April 23.
In traditional splendid fashion, this is when red roses adorn our button holes, mythical dragons battle a heroic fight and a red cross signals “Forever England!”
Although few of us will be taking the day off work to honour our patron saint, the fact that it lands on a Friday is a timely excuse to embrace the fighting spirit of St George - and toast everything quintessentially English.
Thirsty beer lovers no longer have to grace their local pub to enjoy the taste of Wadworths ale. St George and the Dragon (£1.79, 4.5%, 500ml or £15.75, mini-cask plus p&p, www.wadworth.co.uk) is now available to order online in bottle and cask form and the limited release has been extended throughout the World Cup in June. Full bodied and robust with hints of citrus and blackcurrant, it’s a perfect match with spring lamb.
If you love the union of fish and chips with your pint, try Marston’s Old Empire (£1.57, 5.7% abv, 50cl, major supermarkets).