Hapless waiter serves lucky restaurant diner £4,500 bottle by mistake

Hapless waiter serves £4,500 bottle of wine by mistake to lucky diner who then drank it thinking it was the £260 one he had ordered (no wonder he asked for another!)Waiter served the pricey 2001 bottle at Hawksmoor steak house in Manchester Restaurant joked that the waiter should keep her ‘chin up’ despite the mistake Twitter users…


Hapless waiter serves £4,500 bottle of wine by mistake to lucky diner who then drank it thinking it was the £260 one he had ordered (no wonder he asked for another!)

  • Waiter served the pricey 2001 bottle at Hawksmoor steak house in Manchester 
  • Restaurant joked that the waiter should keep her ‘chin up’ despite the mistake 
  • Twitter users asked for him to look after their table next time they eat there
  • Not yet known how much was paid for bottle, which menu lists as ‘tremendous’
  • Do you know the customer or waiter? Email s.murphy-bates@mailonline.co.uk 

A hapless waiter accidentally treated a lucky diner to a £4,500 bottle of red wine at a high-end restaurant, leading the unsuspecting customer to ask for more.

But he couldn’t have a second Chateau le Pin Pomerol at Hawksmoor in Manchester – because, unsurprisingly, it was the only one in the place. The customer had actually ordered a £260 bottle of Chateau Pichon Longueville Contesse de Lalande.

Hawksmoor co-founder Will Beckett told MailOnline that the waiter is ‘mortified’ and ‘annoyed at herself’ as the blunder caused much amusement on social media.

‘It’s just a one-off mistake,’ he said. ‘If she had done it twice I would’ve been furious, but she’s so great and I’m not annoyed. They enjoyed it so much they wanted another one.’ 

The steak house – rated the city’s second-best restaurant – shared the incident on Twitter.

Advising the member of staff to keep her ‘chin up’, the eatery said ‘one-off mistakes happen’.

Pictured: Hawksmoor Manchester in the city centre, where a hapless waiter handed over a £4,500 bottle of wine

Pictured: Hawksmoor Manchester in the city centre, where a hapless waiter handed over a £4,500 bottle of wine 

Some joked ‘we need to go to Manchester’ and another wrote ‘bet they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference’ between the 2001 bottle and a standard red.

Pictured, right, the wine the customer was set on ordering when he was handed the £4,500 red (left)

Pictured, right, the wine the customer was set on ordering when he was handed the £4,500 red (left)

One tweeted: ‘Wait till they order the “House Red” again and complain it’s not as good as last time.’ 

Jonathan Downey said: ‘Whoever made this mistake, can they look after our table the next time I’m in please? Cheers.’ 

The restaurant, which came second in Time Out’s top 16 eateries in the city, boasts that the vintage is a ‘tremendous effort’ on its menu.

‘Its deep ruby/plum/purple colour is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, cherry liqueur, plums, liquorice, caramel, and sweet toast,’ it says.

The pricey bottle of plonk is the most expensive wine on its menu. 

Hawksmoor said that it hopes the punter enjoyed the bottle as people praised it for not showing anger to the worker.

Laura Kate wrote: ‘As someone who works in hospitality, bless you for being understanding and not flying off the handle at the poor lad.’ 

It is not known how much the customer paid for the wine, of which there were only 400-600 cases in existence when it was first bottled.  

The beverage is listed on Hawksmoor Manchester’s menu under a section headed ‘rarities’. 

If the lucky diner had ordered the cheapest bottle of red on the menu – a 2014 Armigero, Sangiovese Riserva – for £26, the eatery would have been out of pocket by £4,474.

The restaurant (pictured) team shared the blunder on Twitter after a waiter accidentally served the expensive bottle

The restaurant (pictured) team shared the blunder on Twitter after a waiter accidentally served the expensive bottle

The restaurant's wine lists has the red in its rarities section and there were only up to 600 crates in existence when it was released

The restaurant’s wine lists has the red in its rarities section and there were only up to 600 crates in existence when it was released 

The second priciest bottle is a 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which would set you back £1,750. 

Chateau Le Pin, which crafted the drink, is described as ‘built on the bedrock of the twin factors of excellence and rarity’ on the website Cult Wines.

Located in Bordeaux, it is one of the smallest estates in the region and produces some of its most expensive wines. 

The rarity of the red is the reason behind its sky-high price, which is expected to rise over time as more of the finite stock is drunk. 

Why is just one bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol so expensive? 

Created by the Thienpont family in 2001, the posh red wine was destined to be expensive given its extremely limited supply.

As few as 400 crates of the plonk existed before anybody had polished one off.

And it hailed from the Le Pin estate, which is one of the smallest – and therefore most exclusive – in Bordeaux.

These factors mean that not only is it an expensive option – at £4,500 a bottle – but that it increases in value as the stock diminishes.

Wine Investment reports that Le Pin 2009 garnered the coveted 100-point from critic Robert Parker. That wine trades at more than £27,000 per case. 

The estate’s 1982 vintage sells for more than £80,000. But it has not produced the priciest bottle in the world.

That honour goes to Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 – which sells for £390,932.50. 

 

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