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.”

Book your place now while spaces last by calling our team on 01206 863666 or emailing


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here 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 our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

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.