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Three choirs

We were recently given an amazing gift- 2 course lunch for two with a bottle of wine followed by wine tasting at this lovely vineyard.Also included in the gift was a vine- aptly named Old Holley which we can visit throughout the year!

We arrived at Three Choirs Vineyard just outside the village of Newent at around 12:15 which gave us time to look around the shop which sells the wine which is produced here and also a variety of gifts,chutneys and jams, biscuits and chocolates.

Our table was booked for 12:45. The restaurant is large and welcoming with well spaced out tables so lots of privacy.We noticed a small function room area as well where a private party could eat- ideal for a small family celebration.The service was exceptional- attentive but not too much so and plenty of time between courses.

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Three Choirs In All Its Glory

 There was a beautiful view from the restaurant of the surrounding countryside and fields full of lambs and of course the vines!

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Superb White Wine!

The menu was small but covered all areas- Steak, pork, cod, salmon and a vegetarian risotto.Starters were tempting.I opted for parsnip and vanilla soup,an unusual mix I thought but delicious and piping hot. Dave had pork and spinach terrine with lots of homemade bread.

Main course was Salmon for me and Steak for the carnivore cooked to perfection. The wine list was extensive to include wines made on site. We chose a fruity white called Willow Brook- nice and light for the time of day. We liked it so much we bought a bottle to take home- a bargain at £8:50!

Shall I have a dessert??

Now if we had any sense we would have stopped there food wise but...... as we were early for our wine tasting and mellow from the wine we decided to look at the dessert menu. My all time favourite of creme brûlée was there for the taking and Dave who is not one to be left out decided to sample the local cheese platter with crackers and chutney.

I was defeated half way through my pud but it was delicious.

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Growing Vines

The weather was sunny but bit chilly as we gathered for our tour. There were about 40 of us and it started well with a little taste in a small glass- made of glass not plastic as I was expecting! The young lady taking the tour was very knowledgable and talked for about an hour with three generous tastes of wine produced on site. We had a tour of the winery and were shown the production process with an interesting talk about the "accidental"making of champagne.

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Dave Holley toasting his 'Old Holley' vine!

Then with yet another glass of fizz we went to search for the vine "Old Holley"which will be there for 12 months.Hope it produces lots of fruit.

All in all a great day which we highly recommend and if the wine gets the better of you there's always B and B!

Editor: All photos reproduced by permission of Three Choirs Vineyard except Dave Holley which was taking by Sheila.

Meet The Author...
Sheila Holley
Who Am I?

Hereford born,I moved to Malvern aged 11. At 16 I left home to live in Birmingham,working and living in a children's home and training to be a Nursery Nurse.

In the mid seventies I had the opportunity to train as a midwife and entered the profession in a half hearted manner! It turned out to be a great career choice and I loved mostly every minute until I took early retirement in 2007. The job I loved so much had changed hugely and I felt if I couldn't do it my way then I would have to find another way to earn a living!

I now work part time in a nursery with children aged 6 months to 4 years so have returned to my roots! I am married with a great stepdaughter and 2 scrumptious granddaughters one of which I look after 1 day a week. Its lovely to have a flexible working pattern after so many years of working antisocial hours- weekends,Christmas and other bank holidays.At last I'm as near "normal" as I'm ever going to be!

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