Award-winning Darlington restaurant joins elite order of champagne sabreurs

CHAMPAGNE SLICE: Voodoo Cafe owners Les and Kendra Fry  become sabreurs at a ceremony in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB

CHAMPAGNE SLICE: Voodoo Cafe owners Les and Kendra Fry become sabreurs at a ceremony in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB

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SWORDS were wielded and champagne popped as the owners of a North-East restaurant showed they have got what it takes to keep a 200-year-old tradition alive.

At a ceremony rich in pomp and history, Les and Kendra Fry, who own Voodoo Cafe, in Darlington, joined the order of Chevalier-Sabreurs – an elite group who have mastered the art of slicing the top of a champagne bottle with a sword.

The tradition dates back 200 years to when cavalry officers in the French army would slice the tops off champagne bottles with a sabre, rather than remove the wire basket and ease the cork out.

The ceremony was performed by Maitre Sabreurs, Jonathan and Nikki Curran, and means customers at the award-winning bar and restaurant can now enjoy the spectacle for themselves.

Mr Curran said: “There is more pressure in a bottle of champagne than there is in a lorry tyre. This means the top of the bottle comes off very cleanly.

"It is also a great way to impress your girlfriend, wife - whoever you want.”

Voodoo Cafe is hoping to open its new champagne bar later this year, and is the only bar in Darlington registered to perform the historic display.

Mr Fry said: “We have always wanted to do it, and found it is surprisingly easy.”

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12:17am Sat 24 May 14

laughingboy51 says...

No big deal................
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No big deal................ ..... laughingboy51
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7:57am Sat 24 May 14

darloboss says...

been opening my champers like that for years
but i dont bother dressing up like jack sparrow to do it
been opening my champers like that for years but i dont bother dressing up like jack sparrow to do it darloboss
  • Score: 8

12:04pm Sun 25 May 14

Triglet says...

Yawn.ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz
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Yawn.ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz zzz Triglet
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Sun 25 May 14

Garrie8516 says...

Good luck to them. Decent concept, decent atmosphere but have to say I wasn't impressed with the food last time I went - mediocre to say the least.
Good luck to them. Decent concept, decent atmosphere but have to say I wasn't impressed with the food last time I went - mediocre to say the least. Garrie8516
  • Score: 0

6:44am Mon 26 May 14

josephgrut says...

I beleive they wouldn't do anything like that with expensive champagne bottles like listed here: http://www.adorecham
pagne.com/brands/top
-10-most-expensive-c
hampagnes-167
I beleive they wouldn't do anything like that with expensive champagne bottles like listed here: http://www.adorecham pagne.com/brands/top -10-most-expensive-c hampagnes-167 josephgrut
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7:24am Mon 26 May 14

studio says...

This technique is still mastered by a number of youths at various park locations around Darlington.

Swapping the sword and champagne for a flick knife and a cheap bottle of cider.
This technique is still mastered by a number of youths at various park locations around Darlington. Swapping the sword and champagne for a flick knife and a cheap bottle of cider. studio
  • Score: 1

9:44am Tue 27 May 14

Gob Marley says...

That place needs to focus on its service, not nonsense like this.
That place needs to focus on its service, not nonsense like this. Gob Marley
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Lawman3 says...

I don't need a sword- I can use my bare hands.
I don't need a sword- I can use my bare hands. Lawman3
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