FONI POLLITT

SOMMELIER

LOCATION

Perth, Western Australia

RESTAURANT

Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room

BIOGRAPHY

Award-winning sommelier, restaurateur and certified wine educator, Foni Pollitt, is behind one of Perth’s top restaurants Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room. 

 

Originally from Melbourne, Foni’s career began in the 90s when she left Australia for Italy. The travel enthusiast soon moved to the UK. Foni stayed for 15 years, fronting up some of the world’s finest restaurants and bistros.

 

Foni moved to Montreal in Canada where she was awarded the Wine Spectators ‘Award of Excellence’ for her wine list of Greek wines.

 

During Foni’s international career, she met her husband Chris Pollitt. Sharing Foni’s passion for food and wine, Chris has had much success in hospitality, himself, running high-level venues and bars across the UK.

 

In 2016, the husband-and-wife team opened Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room. A British gastropub and dining room in West Perth, serving up classic pub fare of the highest quality and repping an inspiring wine list. 

 

This Perth institution has been extremely successful since its opening. It landed a place in the ‘Best Pub Restaurant List’ in Gourmet Traveller’s Wine List of the Year Awards in 2019, and the top 50 restaurants for the Western Australian Good Food Guide in 2017 and 2018.

 

Mayfair Lane took out the ‘Jury Prize’ at the World of Fine Wine Awards in London in 2019. This was a big win considering 94 venues were picked around the world, with only 18 from Australia, and one from Perth – Mayfair Lane.

 

Foni was awarded the WA Good Food Guide ‘Sommelier of the Year’ in 2018. She has a WSET Diploma and is in the process of obtaining a Masters of Wine. 

As a WSET educator, Foni loves sharing her passion for wine with students. Foni enjoys taking her guests on a journey and encourages everyone to discover their own tastes and preferences.

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