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.
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!
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.
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.
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.