Charlotte Street in London has never been short of celebrated restaurants – think of Michelin-starred Pied à Terre and Japanese favourite Roka. But Bubbledogs caused quite a stir when it opened in 2012, serving bubbles of the champagne and sparkling wine variety, paired with hotdogs. Later that year, the husband and wife team – chef James Knappett and sommelier Sandia Chang – opened Kitchen Table, a 19-seat chef’s table serving a daily changing 14-course tasting menu, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.
On to 2017 and the duo have expanded the empire with Bubble Shop, an online champagne and sparkling wine delivery service with a difference – the selection has been tasted, chosen and curated by Chang with a focus on lesser-known artisanal brands. “All the bottles are from small grower producers,” says Chang. “You won’t find any grandes marques in the selection. I import some directly myself, after many years of forming close personal relationships with the growers, and these would be difficult to find elsewhere.”
The offering includes Bubbledogs’ own-brand Collin-Guillaume Rosé Brut (£49) alongside such gems as Solessence Extra Brut (£40) from third-generation champagne producer Jean-Marc Sélèque, which, says Chang, is like “biting into a really crisp, cold Granny Smith apple while sitting on a freshly mowed lawn”. Meanwhile, the premier cru organic Champagne Cumières (£55) from Georges Laval would be a perfect fit for “summer picnics on Hampstead Heath, with a spread of ice-cold oysters with Meyer lemon peel”.
All are elegantly gift-wrapped and can be delivered anywhere in the UK for a flat rate of £10. Alternatively, the fizz can be collected from the Charlotte Street restaurant; now, there’s a good excuse to tuck into a hotdog.