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.

Summer on the Severn: Five days out to enjoy

We’re sure it won’t have escaped you, but we’ve been having one of the warmest and driest summers for a long time. It’s beautiful in Arlingham, right along the River Severn and on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal at this time of year. It’s well worth a visit for the day for adults and children alike. If you’re visiting, of course, we’d love to welcome you to The Old Passage for some breakfast, lunch or dinner – we’re the perfect stop off place to relax and enjoy some delicious food. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do during summer.

Walking

We had to start with walking. It’s free, accessible and a simple and fun day out. There are plenty of walking routes around Arlingham that take in the River Severn and the farms and countryside. You’ll find maps online, or just go out and explore.

Severn Bore

The Old Passage is famous for it’s Bore Breakfasts, which we run for good Bore forecasts in autumn and winter, early mornings. However, the Severn experiences Bores all year round, they’re just not always as big as winter ones and in summer they tend to be in the evenings. That’s means if you haven’t been able to make it to one of our Bore breakfast you can always see it one evening after some dinner. You can see the full timetable with times and star rating here. We happen to know they’ll be a 3* bore on the evening of August 14th at about 10.15pm and a 4* Bore on September 11th at about 9.10pm. Or you can book up early for our first two Bore breakfasts of the autumn season – details here.

Fun for the children

Just down the road from The Old Passage is St Augustine’s Farm, a great place to take young children. Lots of animals to visit and feed, open fields, play areas and their Camera Obscura, it should keep them busy for a while. If you’d like to bring children for lunch, we are more than happy to create children’s fish and chips of fish goujons (fish fingers) and chips for them!

Canal trip

Enjoy a canal boat day trip or hire a narrowboat to enjoy the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal. Or if you prefer just take a walk or a bike ride along the canal. If you have disabilities, The Willow Trust, offers canal boat rides for those with disabilities and have boats moored at Saul Junction, Frampton on Severn.

Eat at the Old Passage!

Last but by no means least – you could visit The Old Passage for some delicious food and drink. Don’t forget we also do wonderful reservation-only breakfasts and we’re open for lunch and dinner – see opening times on the website. Or how about joining our monthly Wine and Food Pairing Evenings on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm? For £32.50pp you’ll enjoy a selection of wines, presented by our wine expert Fred, accompanied by little plates of food by our head chef Jon

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.

The Old Passage named the Cotswold’s Restaurant of the Year 2018

The Old Passage took home the most coveted prize at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards on Monday – Restaurant of the Year.

Despite being a small, independent restaurant in the small village of Arlingham, The Old Passage fought off stiff competition from popular restaurants in Cheltenham and Chipping Campden to win the award.

It completes a fantastic 12 months for the restaurant, located on the banks of the River Severn. In October last year The Old Passage celebrated its 10th anniversary, closely followed by winning Best Seafood Restaurant in the South at the national Food Awards.

Then in April, Waitrose magazine named The Old Passage one of 10 best places to eat fresh fish in the country.

Owner Sally Pearce, said: “The last 12 months have been a real whirlwind of celebrations for us at The Old Passage and this last award is the icing on the cake, especially since nominations came from the public. As a small independent restaurant, it’s tough to compete with the growing chain restaurant offerings, especially when we’re not in a town or city centre.

“However, we’ve always played to our strengths and that seems to work. People travel here to eat because of the beautiful rural location and river views, and our food offering is unique and high quality. We have a commitment to sourcing the very best quality seafood we can including oysters and lobsters, which we always have available. And our head chef Jon Lane and his team are constantly innovating and experimenting with new dishes to delight our diners.

Sally added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Jon, to my front of house manager Rosita Redwood, and the whole team at The Old Passage, because we wouldn’t have got this award without them.”

The judges of the awards said they were ‘wowed’ by the amazing selection of seafood available and the warm friendly service at The Old Passage. They said: “The location of the restaurant is superb with breath-taking view of the riverside, the ambience made the judges feel at home and it was commented that they couldn’t have asked for friendlier service. The seafood sampled was cooked to perfection and it was learnt how they source as much produce as locally as possible and sustainably catch their seafood, which impressed the judges.”

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.

Treat yourself to an Old Passage breakfast

We like to say, there’s breakfast and then there’s an Old Passage breakfast. Some people don’t know that for six days a week we are open for pre-bookable breakfasts.

We have a large breakfast menu with a fantastic selection of items, right the way from porridge and fruit platter through to a Full English, scrambled eggs with fresh crab and smoked salmon and even half a lobster with Champagne!

It’s certainly a treat, but what better way to start the day than a beautiful breakfast and then a leisurely walk along the River Severn (or the other way around), depending on how early you like to get up!

A few of our favourite dishes on the menu include:

Pan perdu with roasted strawberries and honey

Perfect if you have a sweet tooth and want something light and fruity. This is a luxurious French toast.


Traditional grilled kippers with a warm potato & horseradish salad, caper butter

You either love them or you hate them, but we love a traditional kipper, all smoky and soft. It’s such a wonderful way to start the day.


The Pilot’s Special

Scrambled egg, fresh crab, smoked salmon and lobster on toasted brioche. What an absolute delicious collection of ingredients, a real special occasion type of breakfast – or just treat yourself for no reason! This is decadent, delicious and scrumptious first thing in the morning.

 

You can enjoy breakfast Tues-Sat from 10am – 11am or Sundays 9am – 11am, simply ring to book in advance.

The Old Passage is one of the top 10 places to eat fresh fish in the UK!

The Old Passage has been featured by Waitrose magazine in their list of the ‘top 10 places to feast on fish straight from the sea this summer’.

The article, in the May edition of the magazine, includes some well-known seafood restaurants from around the UK including the likes of Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Rock, Cornwall.

We are delighted to be featured in the guide, amongst the best fish restaurants in the UK. The feature says: ‘On the banks of the River Severn, this is a light, airy restaurant in which to indulge in some first-class seafood. Dishes might include seared scallops or plaice with cuttlefish. Or push the boat out with the seven-course taster menu. Time your visit to catch the Severn Bore tidal wave and celebrate with a special three-course breakfast.”

 

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.

 

 

Our list of five things to do this Easter

We hope you’re looking forward to the long Easter break coming up. We’ve got some ideas for ways to spend the break (which incidentally all involve visiting The Old Passage!). We’d love to see you, and now the weather seems to finally be on the turn, Arlingham is a beautiful place to visit, as well as nearby canal-side villages like Frampton-on-Severn.

1. Enjoy some delicious eggs for breakfast, visit the Old Passage one morning! We serve breakfasts, which are pre-book only, but are a wonderful treat for you, your friends, or the whole family. Eggs are on the menu, of course, in many different ways, including with salmon and crab. We have traditional items like porridge and a Full English – on the other hand we have lobster and champagne!

2. Take a long walk along the River Severn. As spring finally arrives it’s time to dust off those walking shoes and take a stroll around Arlingham and along the River Severn. There are several sign-posted walks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, pop in for a spot of lunch.

3. Enjoy some seasonal spring delicacies. Crab is good at the moment and so is pollack for example, but a favourite with our diners at the moment are our amazing St Austell Bay deep sea mussels, you won’t taste anything better. They are plump, large and juicy and Jonnie from The Flying Fish (our fish supplier) was even on BBC2 with Tom Kerridge talking about them last week!

4. Watch the Severn Bore – an amazing natural phenomenon. If you still haven’t seen the Severn Bore, you are really missing out. This unusual tidal wave that flows up the river at certain times of year is a real spectacle and surfers often ride the waves, making it great fun to watch. We have a few tables left for our famous Bore Breakfast on Saturday, March 31st. Booking is essential. The Bore is due at 07.52am and a delicious three course breakfast will be served after.

5. Enjoy a romantic evening meal. A long weekend – must be the perfect excuse to go out for dinner! We’ll be open in the evening on Friday and Saturday for the Easter weekend, Sunday we are open for breakfast and lunch only. Mondays we are closed.