Gluten free: Just ask
Parking: Own car park
Loos: Above average
What a lovely treat, SA and I were invited to have a look around the Three Choirs Wickham Vineyard and to lunch in The Vineyard Restaurant! It was a beautiful day so the view of the autumnal coloured vines from the terrace was lovely.
General Manager Colin Bloxham met us and showed us around. The long established Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire has now acquired Wickham and they believe that as one of England’s oldest vineyards they will be able to develop it’s full potential. He explained that once Wickham’s grapes are harvested they are now taken to Gloucestershire to produce the wine.
The very large beamed barn where the wine used to be produced is now being developed into what will be a lovely wedding venue. They are very keen to develop their wedding business and have already held quite a few in all the different areas of the vineyard. The barn will provide a luxurious alternative to marquees. They don’t produce a wedding brochure, they believe it’s preferable to tailor the day to suit each couple. Colin said if you would like to discuss how they can help you to create this most important day please contact him on 01329 834700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A beautiful vineyard in the glorious Hampshire countryside would certainly be a lovely backdrop to your celebrations!
We had a table over looking the vines, quite a vista! The restaurant is light and bright and they were fairly busy but we were looked after well by both Colin and restaurant manager Charlotte. Once we saw the menus we realised that this was gong to be a serious lunch. The menus are similar both in content and price to the dinner menus.
Our starters were Twice baked New forest blue cheese soufflé, apple, walnut and celery salad – £8.00 and Pan fried duck liver, crispy bacon & crouton salad, rosemary dressing – £7.95. Our mains, Fillet of Salmon, Ratte Potato, Braised Fennel & Bois Boudin Sauce £19.50 and Pan fried prime Hampshire calves liver, creamed potato, crispy bacon and a thyme jus – £17.50, we also chose a Parmesan & watercress salad £3, to share.
Obviously Colin wanted us to try one of their wines (all their wines are served in the restaurant) so we followed his recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed Siegerrebe 2011. The description “As one would expect from its parentage (a cross between Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer) Siegerrebe can be very fruity and spicy, a delicious rich and classic quality dry wine and a lovely fresh finish that English wines should have.)” It was a new one on us, we now feel inclined to try more English wines!
We finished with Warm chocolate pecan & cranberry brownie with pistachio ice cream & sugared almonds £8.00 and Vanilla cheese cake with pineapple ice cream £8.00. All the food was delicious and of a very high standard. They have a very talented chef and we recommend you try his food soon! As usual we had three courses but if you wanted a lighter lunch they do have sharing platters. Examples of their menus are on their website.
On the way out we stopped at the Vineyard Shop, it’s open daily from 11am to 5pm for visitors to the shop and vineyards and there is a daily guided tour and wine tasting at 2.30 which costs £10.00 per person.
(Group guided tours and wine tasting are available all year round, they would be very happy to make a package to suit your needs.)
Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: Three Choirs Wickham
Complimentary but would have cost ££££££££
4/5 Quality of food
4/5 Variety of menu
4/5 Staff and service
4/5 Ambiance and décor
4/5 Value for money
20/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
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