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A Bishop's Stortford bar and wine merchant is offering "isolation testings" to those confined to home by the coronavirus.

Twisted Cellar in South Street has closed to drinkers in accordance with government advice as the Covid-19 contagion spreads, but is keen that customers can continue to enjoy their favourite tipples.

Hallam Tweddle, the business's head of hedonistic outreach, explained: "We are going to be running a series of 'isolation tastings' over the next few weeks via Facebook.

Bishops Stortford. Locations taking part in Gindependence Day. Twisted Cellar. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (32229335)
Bishops Stortford. Locations taking part in Gindependence Day. Twisted Cellar. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (32229335)

"Essentially, we deliver a set of wines or gins to the person's home and they tune in to a virtual tasting on Facebook Live.

"The drinks are pre-measured into re-usable jam jars or mini-jars. For the gin tasting, tonics and garnishes will be included too."

The first - a wine tasting - takes place this Wednesday (March 25) with the second, a gin tasting, on Friday, April 3.

Twisted Cellar, Bishop's Stortford. The Cellar has teamed up with South Street Pantry to offer weekend Brunchtime. .l-r: Lucy Wood, Sharon Grice and Danielle Thomas celebrate with a Mimosa. .Pic Vikki Lince. (32230585)
Twisted Cellar, Bishop's Stortford. The Cellar has teamed up with South Street Pantry to offer weekend Brunchtime. .l-r: Lucy Wood, Sharon Grice and Danielle Thomas celebrate with a Mimosa. .Pic Vikki Lince. (32230585)

Hallam said: "The wine tasting is £20 and the gin £25. Orders are taken over the phone and we offer local delivery in Stortford and surrounds."

Since it was set up in 2018 by husband and wife Joe and Sharon Grice, Twisted Cellar has introduced a series of new initiatives for independent traders in the town centre. Just before the coronavirus crisis devastated the hospitality industry, they teamed up with award-winning neighbour, South Street Pantry, to offer Brunch Boxes - a takeaway breakfast from the cafe, eaten at leisure in the bar disguised as a French farmhouse.

Twisted Cellar also operates a mail-order wine and spirits service at https://twistedcellar.co.uk/



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