Wine and food pairing evening November – join us

Our next wine and food pairing evening is coming up, and this time we’re off to the Rhône region of France to taste delicious wines each accompanied by little plates of food.

The evening is on Wednesday, 7 November at 7pm and is £32.50pp. Our wine expert Fred will be taking us through a fantastic selection of wines from this prestigious wine region in France and our head chef will be providing little dishes of food to match them beautifully.

Please call to book, as this isn’t open for online reservations.

New set Sunday Lunch menu

Sundays are made for long walks and leisurely lunches, with family and friends. That’s why we’ve come up with a fantastic set Sunday lunch menu with a bit of a twist.

Traditionally we’ve only offered breakfasts and our à la carte menu on Sundays. However this month we’ve launched a Sunday Lunch three-course set menu
(but don’t worry you can still order from the à la carte if you wish!)

It’s a twist on an English roast dinner and we’ll be changing the menu each month. During October you can enjoy the following menu:

Starter
Pumpkin and Tintern tartlet, rocket salad, almond & lime dressing


Main
Herb crusted saddle of lamb, Tallow roast potatoes, courgettes with preserved lemon, cumin tomatoes, Baba Ganoush


Dessert
Baked apple terrine, brown butter nut crumble, Cardamom custard

The menu is £42.00pp
To book a table for Sunday call 01452 740547 or visit the Reservations page to make an online booking.

Autumn accommodation discount

We’ve got a great special offer for you this autumn. As the evenings draw in, you might like to have some dinner and perhaps stay the night.

During October, November and December, we’re offering a 15% discount on our room rates all week, when you book and quote the code from social media or your email. 

We have two double en-suite bedrooms with beautiful views over the River Severn at The Old Passage, which include breakfast.

You can also upgrade to one of our more luxurious breakfast options, like our hot smoked salmon with poached egg, Hollandaise and caviar or even lobster and champagne!

Why not enjoy an evening meal with a bottle of wine and an overnight stay, or how about a quiet and relaxing weekend away to walk the River Severn and enjoy the countryside and food?

Discover more about our rooms in the accommodation section of the website.

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.