Love local wines?
It’s refreshing to see a wine list where half of the list is dedicated to local wines. The motto here is all about creating the largest wine list of English wines, highlighting and championing local producers, small and large.
Nearly 40 producers from 11 counties are represented alongside urban wine from London. There’s a lot of sparkling as you’d expect, made from the traditional sparkling varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. The small selection of still wines are made from the ‘English’ varieties of Ortega and Bacchus with a supporting cast of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and even a Pét-Nat – what a lovely surprise.
On our visit, three wines were available by the glass from Gusbourne, Rathfinny and Wiston. We also tried the still Pinot Noir by Danbury, which was smooth, balanced and all kirsch cherries and strawberry on the nose and palate.
The wine list is long and comprehensive, which is great, if not a tad overwhelming. It will be interesting to see how it develops over time, perhaps a list by style of wine or grape variety would be the next step.