Sunday Brunch cocktail expert embarrassed after awkward comment to Lemar about his ‘zesty rim’ compliment

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A cocktail expert on Sunday Brunch was left red-faced after she told singer Lemar ‘you’ve got quite a zesty rim’ as he complimented her cucumber margarita.

Cocktail creator Portia Freeman joined hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer on Channel 4’s Sunday show to make three boozy concoctions for the famous guests.

Starting with her take on a Bloody Mary, called a Smoky Bloody Caeser, Portia then introduced her second cocktail – a cucumber margarita. 

Lemar said the drink was a winner for him, at which point Portia said: ‘You’ve got quite a zesty rim as well.’

She immediately looked concerned at what she had said and the guests burst out laughing, but despite attempts to move the conversation along, Portia was clearly mortified. 

Cocktail expert Portia Freeman was left red-faced after she told singer Lemar 'you've got quite a zesty rim' when he complimented her cucumber margarita live on Sunday Brunch

Cocktail expert Portia Freeman was left red-faced after she told singer Lemar ‘you’ve got quite a zesty rim’ when he complimented her cucumber margarita live on Sunday Brunch

After saying the gaffe, Portia buried her head in her hands and paced back and forth down the studio kitchen

After saying the gaffe, Portia buried her head in her hands and paced back and forth down the studio kitchen 

‘This one is a palate cleanser,’ Portia declared as she introduced the Mezcal drink. 

‘You want it to all just balance and compliment.’

Simon said ‘That’s nice isn’t it,’ before Tim asked Lemar his thoughts on the cocktail.  

‘Yeah this one so far this is winning for me,’ Lemar replied, at which point Portia made the gaffe. 

After saying ‘zesty rim’, Portia buried her head in her hands and paced back and forth down the studio kitchen.

‘The garnish is um, you have a very tangy,’ Portia said as she tried to move the discussion away from rims, as Tim interrupted to say: ‘Everyone stop it.’

Love Island Wes Nelson could not stop giggling, as Celebs Go Dating host Paul Carrick Brunson said: ‘You’re gonna have to control him.’

It comes after Sunday Brunch host and Strictly star Simon Rimmer revealed in January that he was closing his vegetarian restaurant after more than three decades. 

Lemar, (pictured) said the drink was a winner for him, at which point Portia said: 'You've got quite a zesty rim as well'

Lemar, (pictured) said the drink was a winner for him, at which point Portia said: ‘You’ve got quite a zesty rim as well’

Love Island Wes Nelson could not stop giggling, as Celebs Go Dating host Paul Carrick Brunson said: 'You're gonna have to control him'

Love Island Wes Nelson could not stop giggling, as Celebs Go Dating host Paul Carrick Brunson said: ‘You’re gonna have to control him’

The celebrity chef, 60, took to social media to announce he was closing one of his Greens eateries in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, after landlords hiked his rent by more than a third and costs rendered the business ‘unviable’.

Rimmer opened the restaurant with business partner Simon Connolly 33 years ago, advertising it with the slogan: ‘Terrifying carnivores since 1990’.

The news was greeted with dismay after he posted a video message with the grim news on X, formerly Twitter, as well as on Instagram.

The Simons, as they refer to themselves, opened another Greens restaurant in Sale, Greater Manchester in July 2022, which will remain open. 

It’s menu is made up of a mix of small and large dishes, with its cheapest item being vegetarian black pudding at ÂŁ4.50 and its most expensive item being its falafel burger for ÂŁ14.50. 

In the video message, Rimmer said: ‘This is a very sad day. After 33 years of running Greens in Didsbury, we’ve unfortunately had to close the door.

‘Our landlords have increased our rent by (within) the region of 35 per cent, the cost of raw materials, the cost of heat, light and power, employing people and general food costs have meant that the business unfortunately has become unviable.

‘With immediately effect we’ve unfortunately shut the door. it’s a heartbreaking day.

It comes after Sunday Brunch host and Strictly star Simon Rimmer revealed in January that he was closing his vegetarian restaurant after more than three decades .

Rising energy, staff and supply costs also put paid to the business, he added

It comes after Sunday Brunch host and Strictly star Simon Rimmer revealed in January that he was closing his vegetarian restaurant after more than three decades . 

Rimmer and business partner Simon Connolly opened Greens in Didsbury, Greater Manchester in 1990

Rimmer and business partner Simon Connolly opened Greens in Didsbury, Greater Manchester in 1990

‘I’d like to thank every single member of staff that has worked for us over the years, every single customer that has come through the door, our amazing suppliers, our neighbours, our friends and anybody who has ever set foot inside the door.

‘I can’t believe I’m actually doing this message. Big love. Thank you for the last 33 years – and hopefully we’ll see you in Sale, if not here. Lots of love.’

Comedian and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling was among those lamenting the restaurant’s closure.

He wrote to Rimmer on X: ‘Mate one of my favourite places back in my Manchester days. Sending lots of love x.’

Fellow comic Russell Kane added: ‘Nooooooo!!! Tell me the one is Sale is safe!!!’

Masterchef 2015 finalist Tony Rodd, who has also announced the closure of his own restaurant today, wrote in solidarity: ‘I’m so sorry Chef. We’ve done the same today. 

‘It’s a horrific situation we all find ourselves in, through no fault of our own. Stay strong to you and the team.’

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