“It would be a crime not to showcase what our country has to offer.” Oh yes indeed it would. And as the introduction to the wine list at Paternoster Chop House continues, “after all, our kitchen sources only the best British beef, so we bring you the very best of English wines.”
With English Wine Week in full swing, now’s your chance to sample some of the finest vintages, produced in the more than 500 English vineyards, from Cornwall to Yorkshire.
The month of May spells a time of anticipation, with the promise of the summer ahead, plenty of the best produce available to enjoy and a general feel of all things good. The celebratory feel in this month is now well and truly extended to English wine, now commanding huge interest, respect and excitement among the wine pundits and a mounting number of restaurants, retail outlets and wine drinkers themselves.
As luck would have it, or perhaps it’s more by judgement, there are a number of Food Made Good rated restaurants peppering their wine lists with the best of English. Here is a carafe full of some of the best.
Starting in the heart of the food and drink lovers’ Mecca that is Borough Market, Roast restaurant, is offering a six-course tasting menu created by Head Chef Stuart Cauldwell, showcasing half a dozen Chapel Down wines – all partnering dishes championing local produce. Scallops, oysters, sea trout and pork belly with sparkling, white and red varieties. Yum! The menu is available until Sunday – don’t miss out on the chance to tuck in.
Down on the south coast, The Gallivant is exploiting its proximity to some of England’s very best vineyards. The introduction to its handsome wine list features a list of principles for the selections included. Third on the list reads: wines from neighbouring English vineyards, including a substantial selection of English sparkling wines, that deserve to be on the list because of their quality and not because we felt we should list them due to their locality. And the restaurant is certainly true to its word. There’s a mouth-watering selection of more than two dozen English bottles on the list, among them the Seddlescome Biodynamic Rosé NV East Sussex, which won gold at the international organic wine awards.
Dining pub The Whitehorse, Brancaster, on the north Norfolk coast, is keeping its English wine sourcing uber local. Humbleyard, near Norwich, provides an award-winning 2014 Bacchus, a white with an elderflower and apple blossom, off-dry style.
Gloucestershire’s Three Choirs’ Willow Brook 2013, and its Rosé Premium Selection sister vintage provide diners at the Northcote, in Lancashire, with a delicious, affordable opportunity to sample the treats of English wine.
And finally, we return to Paternoster Chop House, in the heart of London, where Chapel Down’s sweet Nectar, stands proud among the more than dozen English bottles for which you can choose.
Enjoy English Wine Week responsibly!