During 2020 when the Pandemic hit us we adapted the business to hopefully deal more effectively with the virus. Reducing the covers in the Restaurant, introducing a new Deli Counter & Grocery Store with fresh fish and meat and extending the Wine Store.

Over the coming weeks we will be re visiting some of the favourite products from all departments and introducing new ones.


We added over 140 new wines covering various wine regions across the world.
Here are some worth mentioning.

We added two entry level wines which clearly stood out.

Domaine Mas Bahourat Viognier

Domaine Mas Bahourat Viognier, from the Gard, Languedoc region.

A classic Viognier with intense power, character & zest. Soft apricots, chamomile tea are followed by a rich palate. I find a wonderfully creamy, silky finish, full in the mouth.

Lovely and at only £12.95 it surprised many and indeed me.

A real winner. Great with Thai and Asian cuisine, strong cheeses such as Taleggio, Pont L’Eveque & Roquefort.

Domaine de L’Amandine Cote Du Rhone

Domaine de L’Amandine Cote Du Rhone – I love this wine. A fresh and vibrant fruity Southern Rhone blend.

The spice and smoky aromas of the Syrah dominate the bouquet, whilst the juicy red fruits & spice compete on the palate leading into a long and complex finish. At only £14.95 it is a real go to wine.

Pair with roast meats, pates, game, some chilli and mild cheeses.

Croix De Beaucaillou, St Julien 2010

Along the way I came across something really special. Croix De Beaucaillou, St Julien 2010 85% Cabernet & 15% Merlot, this really is an exciting wine, concentrated & serious which can hold its own against the truly inspirational Grand Vin. The lovely fresh vibrancy & great depth that is worthy of a far higher ranked wine. St Julien, the smallest of the major Bordeaux appellations now consists of close to 90% Classified Terroir ensuring the quality of wines combining the elegance of Margaux and the power of Pauillac. What makes St Julien special is that pound for Pound it simply produces some of the best wines in Bordeaux.

Delicious – £105

Goes well with duck, chicken, lamb & rare grilled beef.

Also compliments well with earthy flavours such as mushrooms and truffles.

Lallier Ouvrage Grand Cru Extra Brut

So on to Champagne. When it comes to Champagne my mind goes straight to Lallier Ouvrage Grand Cru Extra Brut. I first came upon this great champagne on a Club Members trip to the Champagne district. We visited Lallier whose champagne we still stock today. The wine is elegant, complex, fresh & long. Buttery with brioche aromas, lightly toasted with the fruitiness of apricot & a balanced, velvety finish. Ouvrage is a single vineyard – based Cuvee made from a blend of 40% Chardonnay & 60% Pinot Noir.

I serve this wine in a large glass allowing the aromas to develop. It is a great wine that reveals itself as the minutes go by.

It can be decanted & corked for half an hour in the fridge before serving. Revisited in 2020. Very special – £86

As an aperitif, with fish or shellfish.

Rupe Re Trentino Superiore DOC

And finally a dessert wine – Rupe Re Trentino Superiore DOC.

When asked by diners for a dessert wine I always plump for this wine first. I find it uplifting at the end of a meal with its elegant refreshing sweetness. Wonderfully mellow on the palate with elegant notes of orange blossom, honey & vanilla with a long deliciously appealing finish. A blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & Nosiola the wine is ripe, luscious with floral notes and complex sweet flavours. Lovely – £26 50cl

Great with Foie Gras & soft cheeses

Stay safe and take care
Sonny & Chrissie

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