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Accolade Wines the winner as Britain's biggest pub chain cuts EU drinks

Accolade Wines the winner as Britain’s biggest pub chain cuts EU drinks

Pub chain Wetherspoons, which operates more than 900 venues in the UK and Ireland, is ditching major European drinks brands in the lead up to Brexit and replacing them with selections from the Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Argentina and the US.

The move follows French champagne and Italian prosecco being removed from sale last year.

One of the big winners is Accolade Wines, with its Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay and Black Bottle brandy joining the drinks menu at the chain. 

Wetherspoons owner Tim Martin noted last year: “People think the Aussies are all sledging and iron ore, but they actually produce very good sparkling wine as well.”

Martin is a big supporter of Brexit and is currently touring 100 of his pubs talking to punters about the merits of leaving the EU without a deal on March 29. 

Explaining the menu changes, he said: “In blind tastings conducted by Wetherspoon, the new products were more popular than those they are replacing.

“Many commentators talk of a ‘cliff-edge’ if the UK ‘crashes out’ of the EU without a deal. In reality, there is no cliff-edge, only sunlit uplands beyond the EU’s protectionist system of quotas and tariffs.

“All EU products have UK or non-EU replacements, often at equal or better quality and price.”

Here are the drinks that have been removed:


Courvoisier VS

Hennessy Fine de Cognac

All champagnes including Moet

Erdinger alcohol free beer

German wheat beers

Denmark’s Tuborg

Italian prosecco

Czech Republic’s Staropramen

Bolla Pinot Grigio


Here are the drinks joining the menu:

E&J; Brandy 

Black Bottle brandy

Strika herbal liqueur

Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut

Whitedowns Rose Brut

Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay 

Villa Maria wine 

Casillero del Diablo 

Trivento Malbec 

American Coldwater Creek wines

Blue Moon Belgian White beer

Thornbridge Versa Weisse beer

SA Brains Atlantic White

Kopparberg alcohol free Strawberry & Lime (while Swedish, it will stay on the menu because it will still be produced in the UK after Brexit)

Adnams Ghost Ship

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