Food glorious food…

Food at Artisan & VineThe last year has seen the emergence of a new style of British cooking: menus to match English & Welsh wine. Admittedly our wines are not the ideal partners for traditional pub food or Sunday roasts, but it’s great to see real attention being paid to their elegant flavours. Instead of fobbing off those choosing English wine with tasteless options, chefs like James Robson at Artisan & Vine in Battersea are seeking out the subtlety of seasonal ingredients to match the eloquence of the whites, pinks, reds and, of course, bubbles currently on offer.

In recent months through the DrinkBritain/Artisan & Vine Best of English Meet the Winemaker dinners I’ve had the privilege of seeing smoked buffalo mozzarella match textured whites, salt marsh lamb dance daintily with the light reds, and elderflower panacotta accompany aromatic medium whites. And you sense he’s only just begun!

Imagine my delight when looking through English Wine Week activities in restaurants and pubs – there are SO many of them in London alone. And I want to try them all. – this could get filling!

Recently opened Penny Black restaurant in Chelsea specialises in top-notch British food. It has designed a lunch and dinner menu for English Wine Week to accompany wines from the likes of Biddenden, Chapel Down and Nyetimber.

Calf's Head English Wine ListMeanwhile over in Borough, Roast is taking the selective approach, offering different food pairs each day. I liked the look of English Asparagus with Fairy Ring Mushrooms with Chapel Down’s Unoaked Chardonnay on Tuesday, but Mr F was voting for the deep fried oysters with tartare sauce with RidgeView’s Bloomsbury 2008. Spittoons at dawn I fear.

If you fancy doing your own mixing and matching, head to either of Bumpkin’s bistro and restaurants in South Kensington and Notting Hill. Long a stronghold for British seasonal food and drink, Bumpkin has extended Wine Week into Wine Month, offering 10 English wines by the glass and bottle for the whole of June.

And for anyone in Lancashire, the Calf's Head in the beautiful village of Worston, near Clitheroe, has an 15-strong English wine list alongside its global one, many of which are available by the glass. Located in walking country and with a strong "keep it local" philosophy, the owners have included the likes of Stanlake Park, Carr Taylor and Furleigh Estate as well as Biddenden and Denbies.


Further information

Check out's selection of English & Welsh Wine Week events around the country.
Visit English Wine Week website for further details on events in your area.

Best of English Camel ticketAward-winning English Winemaker of the Year, Sam Lindo from Camel Valley is our next host for the 22 June Meet the Winemaker dinner at Artisan & Vine. See here for further information and to book tickets.