Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson writes The Spectator's Drink column. He was previously political editor of The Spectator.


Guinness and oysters — or beef and Haut-Brion — in deepest Ireland

21 November 2015 9:00 am

We were talking about the West of Ireland and agreed that there were few greater gastronomic pleasures than a slowly…


We celebrated a birth with a wine that will last decades

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Good Saturday, 2015, stepping westward. Autumn sunshine: autumn leaves, almost comparable to New England: pumpkins everywhere, very New England. We…

South African referee Craig Joubert awards the final penalty to Australia (Photo: Getty)

Thanks to the rugby the Scots have a real grievance at last

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The Scots do not know what to do. For once, they have a justified grievance. In recent years, this once-proud…

The shelves were stocked at Tory party conference (Photo: Getty)

Manchester has marvellous wines, and it’s not finished yet

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It will seem an ungrateful comment after the lunch which I am about to describe, but Manchester has some way…

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The strange creatures of Clubland, from Evelyn Waugh to the oligarchs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When it comes to nightclubs, many have written, but none has surpassed the Perroquet in Debra Dowa. Le tout Debra…

Palio di Siena (Photo: Getty)

Siena shows that northern Italy is just better at getting drunk

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

The ruins of the National Trust's Corfe Castle (Photo: Getty)

Dorset is a palliative for the human condition

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Do-orzaat. Dorset is part of L’Angleterre profonde. It is possible to find evidence of modernity, but only in limited areas.…

Fresh tomato soup Gazpacho

The missing ingredient for a perfect gazpacho

15 August 2015 9:00 am

We were eating tapas and talking about Spain. Leaving caviar on one side, when jamón ibérico is at its best,…


A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters…

A Collection Of Some Of The Most Iconic Wines Ever Made Set To Be Auctioned At Sothebys

Banking on wine

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Great matters were trembling in the balance. The prime minister needed cash to achieve his objective and as Parliament was…


The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude…


Lunch with a claret fit for gods, heroes and David Cameron

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I cannot remember a jollier lunch. There are two brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas Payne, both practical epicureans. They have made…


The secret heart of London conservatism…

6 June 2015 9:00 am

There is a dive near St James’s which could claim to be the epicentre of international reaction. It is also…

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What to drink when you're on a cloud of post-election euphoria

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Most of my friends are still on a cloud of post-election euphoria. There is one exception: those involved with opinion-polling.…


David Cameron's big secret: he's not a great politician

14 May 2015 4:00 am

This was a vital election. A Tory failure would have been an act of political treason. Five years ago, the…

Just deserts

Could any cook help me overcome my terror of tapioca?

9 May 2015 9:00 am

There are those who claim that this column is idiosyncratic. They have seen nothing yet. I am about to mention…


A 1992 election-day lunch with the young David Cameron

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Lunch with a young Cameron on polling day, 1992


The greatest wine I’ve ever drunk

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket chains are not always blameworthy. Their missionary efforts have helped to ensure that wine drinking in Britain is…

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The triumph of Guatemalan rum (and a disaster for a Guatemalan ambassador)

11 April 2015 9:00 am

For many years, the Central American republic of Guatemala had a grievance against the United Kingdom. It claimed sovereignty over…


Wines to toast a warrior saint

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Towards the chimes at midnight, a few of us left a — respectable — establishment near Leicester Square. Eight or…


A dog to remember (and the wine he inspired)

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Meeting to taste wine, we started by talking about dogs. Roy Hattersley is good on the subject, which ought to…

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France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

British soldiers share a joke Photo: Getty

Why soldiers are the funniest people

14 February 2015 9:00 am

We were discussing wit. I uttered a self-evident truth which proved gratifyingly controversial. Of all the people I encounter, the…

Burns night dinner, at Boisdale of Bishopsgate Photo: Felix Clay

The spirit of Prohibition lives (if you’re a haggis)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It is an old adage, but still pertinent. ‘Every generalisation about India is true, and so is the opposite.’ The…


The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I…