Wine Dinner Comes Closer To Home

As we prepare to host our first English wine dinner at Wivenhoe House, our host and Restaurant Manager Lionel Lachasseigne recalls that his introduction to the fine art of English dining was at a top London restaurant where no French was allowed on the menu.

Lionel, who came to the UK from France, was working at the famous Simpsons-in-the Strand where the menu is called a bill of fare and even the delicious crème brulée is referred to as burnt cream – which doesn’t sound quite so appealing.

“It was English food at its best”, reminisces Lionel, “with beautiful cuts of meat, treacle sponges and jellied eels on the bill of fare. Now finally we have the quality of English wine to match the best of English food.

“It’s not just the quality of English wine that has improved”, says Lionel. “The prices have become a lot more affordable and I would encourage everyone who enjoys their wine to give them a chance.”

Lionel was inspired to add this English wine dinner to his popular calendar of wine events at Wivenhoe House after tasting some outstanding wines from New Hall vineyards in Purleigh Essex, which has been producing acclaimed wines for nearly 50 years.

“I’ll be serving New Hall wines and Chapel Down wines from Kent on the evening as well as a few surprises.”

The menu will include Hampshire chalk stream trout, braised Dedham Value feather blade steak and, of course, Eton Mess for dessert.

Lionel said : “I’m also busy preparing my quiz for the evening. I’m really looking forward to sharing the best of English produce with you, I think the quality of the wines will impress everyone.”

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find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.