First wine and food pairing evening of 2019

For our first wine and food pairing evening of 2019, we’re off to California, to discover the fantastic variety of wines that are produced in this sun-soaked ‘new world’ wine region.

You might be familiar with the typical robust reds from California, but as ever, our wine and food pairing evenings, will broaden your perceptions and introduce you to some lesser known grape varieties and wines from the region.

Our wine expert Frederik will take you through his personally chosen selection of red and white wines, and each wine will be accompanied by a small plate of food from our head chef to perfectly compliment the wine (or indeed for the wine to compliment the food).

In 2018 we built up local a following for these events, and regular guests say that these are fun, relaxed and informal events, but that they’ve come away learning so much, having tried wines they’d never have considered before.

Usually our wine and food pairing events are held on the first Wednesday of every month, however February is an exception as it will take place on Thursday, 7 February at 7pm. The evening costs £32.50pp, and you’ll need to call to book on 01452 740547

Win a three-course Sunday Lunch for two at The Old Passage!

Enter our fantastic Facebook Competition to win a three course Sunday Lunch for two people at The Old Passage.

To launch our new set Sunday Lunch menu, we’re offering you and a friend the chance to enjoy the new menu with us free. Simply hop over to Facebook and find our competition post.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to ‘like’ and share the post, and then comment underneath tagging in the person you’d take with you if you won the prize. Simple as that.

Winners will be drawn on 14th December and the winner will be notified by Facebook messenger and announced on the Facebook page.

The winner will receive a voucher for set Sunday Lunch for two people to use on any Sunday, up until 3rd March 2019, excluding Sunday 30th December 2018.

Terms and conditions:

The closing date for entries is 14th December 2018. Entries received after this date will not be entered into the competition.

One winner will receive the prize of a three course Sunday Lunch from the set Sunday Lunch menu for two people. There is no alternative prize.

All prizes are subject to availability, and The Old Passage reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative product of equal or higher value if necessary at its discretion.

The prize draw is open to everyone, except employees and contractors of The Old Passage, who is a UK resident aged 18 years or over.

The winner will be selected at random after the closing date by an independent judge from all entries. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner will be notified by direct message by 16th December 2018. Following such notification, the winner will be required to contact The Old Passage with their full name and contact details.

If The Old Passage cannot: (i) contact the winner (via Facebook messaging) within a reasonable period of time; or (ii) the winner does not respond with their contact details, we reserve the right to re-draw winners and thereafter until another winner on these terms is found.

It is a condition of entry that the winner’s name will be used for promotional purposes. This will only be in summary.

New Year’s Day brunch

Come and celebrate the start of 2019 in style with us at The Old Passage with our famous New Year’s Day Brunch.

Our New Year’s Day brunch is the perfect treat to see in the New Year and is available from 11am – 3pm. Booking is essential, as last year we were fully booked.

Choose from a large range of breakfast style dishes or heartier lunch menu items, fresh seafood will be in abundance as ever – and why not enjoy a Bloody Mary, a Bucks Fizz or a glass of Champagne to top it off?!

View the full  menu here – NYD Brunch Menu.

December’s food and wine pairing evening

tasting our way around Northern Spain

With the festive season upon us and just weeks until Christmas we’ll all be looking forward to delicious seasonal food and drink in abundance.

What better way to start December than trying out some new wines that might take you into Christmas with a sparkle?

The next wine and food pairing evening will be held on Wednesday, 5th December, at 7pm. These monthly events are relaxed, fun and informal evenings where you’ll try a wide selection of wines – some you may know and also some lesser known grape varieties.

Each wine is served with a delicious little plate of food created by our head chef to complement the wine.

Our wine man Frederik Van Niekerk is a passionate wine expert with over 12 years of experience in the drinks industry and with WSET qualifications (Wines and Spirits Education Trust). His fun and knowledgeable approach to the evenings makes for good entertainment.

And although we’re tasting wines from Northern Spain, we’re sure if you got questions about the best tipples for Christmas from all the other wine regions– Fred will be able to give you the very best recommendations!

Our wine and food pairing evenings cost £32.50 per person, and you’ll need to ring to reserve your place on 01452 740547

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:

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

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

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.


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