Platter’s: shocking old revelations

Neil Pendock March 12, 2008 0

John Platter is clearly a victim of collateral damage in the many and messy fights involving the eponymous wine guide he sold a decade ago. Which is perhaps to be expected, as Platter is an old and venerable brand in the guiding business. Peter Ackroyd reports in London (Chatto & Windus, 2001) that Thomas Platter described “endless inns… beer and wine shops for every imaginable growth, alicant, canary, muscatels, clarets, Spanish, Renish” operating in London in the early 17th century. One wonders whether the “endless inns” paid to be included in that Platter’s, as is the case today.

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