When expertly pairing food with your drink choice, you are combining experiences across three senses: taste, smell, and sight. Each of these senses plays a crucial role in your dining experience, as we draw from each to establish enjoyment in flavours, scents, textures, and colours. When you get the balance of these senses working together, you create a heightened dining experience like no other.
It may seem a little daunting to try to create a perfect balance between the components of a dish and the characteristics of a wine. You’ll be pleased to hear that really, it is more of a subjective process than an exact science, meaning you can get creative with your pairings based on some exciting recommendations we have set out for you.
If your dish of choice when dining at one of our pubs is the Traditional fish and chips, peas, and tartare sauce, you won’t be surprised to hear the drink pairing absolutely has to be a nice cold beer. We recommend pairing with a Curious Brew larger, because its aromatic citrus characters are ideal for cutting through the oiliness of the deep-fried batter, whilst still boasting a light, crisp and dry body not to overpower the flavours of the classic dish.
The Duck Magret is one of the newest dishes on our summer menu, cooked to perfection and served with potato gratin, roasted chicory, samphire, and local blueberry sauce. A dish so beautifully delicate and still so full of flavour, can only be complemented by a medium to full-bodied red wine, such as St. Cosme Cotes du Rouge. This ripe but silky wine contains aromas of violets, cracked pepper and blueberries, which just links it perfectly with the blueberry sauce that dresses the Duck. You can enjoy this wine whilst dining with us for just £7.50 a medium glass, and £20.50 a bottle.
Another favourite from our summer menu is the Hampshire chalk stream trout fillet, served with courgette & lemon couscous, tenderstem broccoli and basil pesto. This fish dish should be complemented with a refreshing hit of acidity, offered by the tropical aromas of pineapple and mango found in a Conde Villar Vinho Verde Branco wine. For just £23 a bottle, this white wine provides interesting floral notes and is well balanced whilst still providing that tropical acidity we are looking for with the beautifully delicate stream trout fillet.
If you have a sweet tooth temptation, then our Dark chocolate brownie is the ultimate classic dish for you. Oozing with sweet and sticky rich flavour, served with a full and creamy ice cream, fresh fruit, and crumble sprinkles. It will most likely not come as a surprise that this should be devoured alongside a delicate red wine. We recommend the Bolney Estate Pinot Noir, at £7.50 a glass, and £20.50 a bottle, its red fruits increase the flavour of the chocolate brownie into a black forest gateau experience.
If your true guilty pleasure is the moist sponge, finely chopped dates, and the sugary toffee sauce of a Sticky toffee pudding, then it must be enjoyed with our favourite after-dinner cocktail, the Espresso Martini. A cocktail which provides being both indulgent and creamy, with a pick me up from a shot of espresso.