When I was a young boy, I was haunted by the antics of Ruth Madoc in Hi-De-Hi (see picture). Images of Miss Madoc as Gladys Pugh ensured that the WineOfTheWeek family never visited a British Holiday Camp.
However, it seems that WOTW is now being seduced by budget holiday company Butlins after the holiday chain launched its first fine wine list.
Butlins says that it wants to offer fine wines at fair prices and the list was compiled by ex-Harrods wine manager Pip Harris. Wines on offer include Krug Grand Cuvée Brut NV Champagne, Château Talbot 2004, Château Beaucastel 1999, Château Musar 2001 and Pouilly Fumé Baron Patrick de Ladoucette 2007.
Until managing director Richard Bates pronounces that, ‘Butlins will be the place to go for a good Burgundy or top-notch bubbly.’
Er, no it won’t you silly man. But well done for introducing better wines.
The wines are available at the three Butlins resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness.