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

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.

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.