Wine and food pairing evening: Discover English wines

After a year of circling the globe, tasting wines from famous regions around the world, for August’s wine and food pairing evening we’re staying right here in the UK.

On Wednesday, August 7th, join us to taste a selection of English wines, hand-picked by our wine expert Frederik, all matched with delicious plates of food created by our head chef.

Many years ago, English wine had a bad reputation as poor quality, but more recently there has been an explosion in new wines and vineyards in the south of England, many with the quality to rival traditional new and old world wine regions.

In fact, several English sparkling wines have been likened to Champagne in their style, taste and quality due to our mild climate, that is similar to the famous French region. We can’t reveal the wines ahead of time, but we can say that at least a couple of the wines will be from local vineyards. This will be a real celebration of English food and drink!

As ever, Fred will be full of interesting knowledge on the wine selection and we’ll be showing how each wine can be paired with food to compliment the drink. Each wine will be served with a small plate of food cooked by our head chef.

Our wine and food pairing evenings are monthly events, and they are always relaxed, fun and informal. The evening starts at 7pm and costs £32.50pp. To book call 01452 740547

Wine and food pairing evening – Northern Italy

I’m afraid we don’t actually get to travel to Northern Italy, but we’ll certainly feel like we could be there for a few hours when we taste a delicious section of Italian wines, handpicked by our wine expert Frederik, that will transport us to sunshine and blue skies!

Each wine is matched with a delicious little plate of food by our head chef, and Frederik will take you through tasting notes and what foods each wine pairs well with. These are fun, relaxed and informal tastings that we hold once a month, however all our previous guests say they’ve come away learning a lot, and trying wines they’d never have considered before.

The evening costs £32.50pp, and you’ll need to call to book in advance on 01452 740547.

 

Treat your mum to delicious food this Mother’s Day

Mums are special, even we know that, we all have them! So, treating them on Mother’s Day is pretty important.

We’ve got some lovely ideas for treating your mum at The Old Passage, but do make sure you book in advance, as we usually get fully booked. We’d love to make Mother’s Day really special for you and your mum.

A riverside walk and heart-warming Sunday Lunch

With the weather finally getting warmer, now is the perfect opportunity to get out as a family and have a walk. The sign-posted walks in Arlingham take in the banks of the River Severn, fields, and beautiful views – it’s very peaceful. Round it off with a delicious Sunday Lunch at The Old Passage. We have a three course set Sunday lunch, as well as our a la carte menu available, so plenty of choice.

A champagne breakfast or brunch

Our Old Passage breakfast is a popular choice for Mother’s Day. What a treat to be taken out for a sumptuous breakfast, perhaps even with a glass of champagne? Our breakfasts are something truly unique, from a Full English and French toast, to oysters, lobster and champagne or our Pilots Breakfast (scrambled egg, crab, smoked salmon and lobster on toasted brioche) – you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer. View the full menu here, which is available 9am-11am.

A special gift-voucher

If you can’t make it out on Mother’s Day or you want to give your mum a unique gift, then what about one of our gift vouchers so she can treat herself whenever she wants? We offer vouchers in any denominations of £10.00, alternatively you can buy a gift voucher for our Wine and Food Pairing Evenings, which include trying a selection of around six wines from a particular wine region, led by our wine expert Frederik, and little plates of food to match each wine. These are £32.50 per person.

 

 

Wine and food pairing in October – we’re off to Chile!

We can’t think of a better excuse to eat food and drink wine than our monthly food and wine pairing evenings. We’ve been running these on the first Wednesday of every month this year, focusing on different wine regions each month, from Northern Italy to Portugal, and matching wines with perfectly paired food.

These are fun and informal evenings where you’ll learn a lot about wines and taste some more unusual bottles with our wine expert Frederik, as well as discover how to match wines with food to taste them at their best.

At our last event, where we tasted wines from New Zealand, our tasters all suggested Chile for the next location – so who were we to argue?! If you’d like to join us this time, the evening starts at 7pm (Weds, Oct 3rd) and costs £32.50pp. Booking is essential, call 01452 740547

 

Wine and food pairings to make you go ‘wow’

This year we have been running a monthly series of wine and food pairing evenings, which are growing in popularity. They are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm, and they have a different wine region theme each time from Northern Italy to Portugal and Sicily.

What people have found is that these are really enjoyable and relaxed evenings, but they’ve also learnt a lot about wines, tasting some delicious varieties coupled with food that really makes them sing. The food you eat with wine really makes a difference to the way it tastes and how you enjoy the wine, we want to show you how you can do that very easily. The evenings are run by our wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, an experienced drinks expert and passionate wine lover.

In September (Wednesday 5th) we’ll be taking you to New Zealand – well not all the way! But Fred will take you through a wonderful selection of wines from this country notorious for it’s wines of excellent quality. Each wine will be accompanied by a dish from our head chef.

The evenings start at 7pm and cost £32.50pp. You’ll need to phone to book for this, on 01452 740547.

Our August wine and food paring evening

If you are a bit of a foodie or someone who enjoys wine, why not join us for one of our monthly wine and food pairing evenings?

These are informal and fun evenings where you can enjoy learning about and tasting wines from various regions around the world, accompanied by perfectly paired dishes created by our head chef.

The evenings are hosted by our fun and knowledgeable wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, who has over 12 years experience in the industry and is WSET qualified (Wines and Spirits Education Trust).

Expect to try some lesser known wines that will surprise you and find great food pairings to make them taste even better.

This month, on Wednesday, August 1st at 7pm, we’ll be tasting wines from Northern Italy, an old wine region producing some extremely high quality wines.

The cost of the evening is £32.50pp, you’ll need to book in advance over the phone. Call us 01452 740547. If you can’t make this one we’ll be hosting another on the first Wednesday of September.

Wine and food pairing evening – this time we go to Portugal

Our monthly wine and food pairing evenings are growing in popularity. These events are great fun, relaxed and informal, but also informative.

You’re sure to come out with your palette tested and your mind opened to new wines you may not have tasted before. At the same time, you’ll enjoy delicious food that matches with each wine.

On Wednesday, July 4th, we’re going to Portugal! Well we wish we could actually go, but instead we’ll be bringing the wines and food to you.

Our wine expert Frederik, who has over 12 years’ experience in the industry, will take you through a selection of Portuguese wines and these will each be accompanied by small plates of food by our head chef Jon Lane.

A guest who came to our last event left a review on our Facebook page, which gives you a good idea of these events: “Fantastic evening of wine paired with amazing food. Well worth trying these evenings held on the first Wednesday of every month. Met some lovely people and learned a lot about wine I wouldn’t normally have tried before. Lovely staff in a pretty restaurant surrounded by amazing views. Stayed over and treated to a sumptuous breakfast, scrambled eggs with crab and smoked salmon. Highly recommend! 5*”

If you want to stay after like this couple did, we have two double en-suite rooms and we do fantastic breakfasts!

These wine evenings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 7pm, and are £32.50pp. To book call 01452 740547.

French wine and food pairing evening

The next in our monthly series of wine and food pairing evenings is to be held on Wednesday, May 2, and it will explore wines from the South of France, including the Langeudoc and Cotes du Rouillsson areas.

These are fun, informal evenings where you’ll learn lots about the wines you taste and how to match them with food to get the very best from them – you’ll also just enjoy drinking great wine and eating delicious food!  What more could you want?

The evening starts at 7pm and will be hosted by our fun and knowledgeable wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, who has over 12 years experience in the industry and is WSET qualified (Wines and Spirits Education Trust).

The previous two wine tasting events, on South African and then Spanish wines, were a big success, and we’re planning to run these regularly each month so you can build up your knowledge of wines from around the world – and generally have a nice evening out.

By the way, we have two double en-suite rooms if you want to stay after the event. The cost of the evening is £32.50, you’ll need to book in advance over the phone, call 01452 740547.

 

 

Spanish wine and food pairing evening

Hot off the back of our fantastic South African wine event, we’re pleased to invite you to a Spanish wine and food pairing evening, hosted by a wine expert, with food to match by our head chef.

These wine and food pairing evenings are fantastic fun, a delicious treat, and a great way to learn about wines and broaden your taste and knowledge on wine types.

A few of the food plates that accompanied the wines at our South African event in March

On Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm, we’ll be hosting our next one, which will focus on Spanish wines – some well-known ones and some much less-well known, to give you a real feel for the spread of excellent wine this country has to offer. Each wine will be accompanied by small plates of food by our head chef Jon Lane.

The evening will be hosted by wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, who has 12 years experience in the wine industry and is WSET qualified, which is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

You will need to book tickets in advance, they are £32.50. To book call 01452 740547.

 

Wine and food pairing evening

We are delighted to announce another of our popular wine and food pairing evenings at The Old Passage.

Enjoy an evening learning about, and of course tasting, South African wines, with wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, from fine wine suppliers Domaine Direct, on Wednesday, March 7th. Frederik has over 12 years experience in the wine industry and is WSET certified, which is the industry training for wine professionals from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

He will be taking everyone through a selection of well-known and not so well known wines from South Africa, and this will be accompanied by small plates of food from our head chef Jon Lane to perfectly match the wine. This will be a fun, friendly and informative evening of fantastic wine and food.

The evening starts at 7pm, and should last around two hours. The cost for the evening is £32.50 per person. Pre-booking is essential and we are only taking phone bookings for this event.