Lionel Lachasseigne, the wonderful Sommelier at Wivenhoe House, has put together his own six course menu for £45 per person
Menu de Lionel is a six course feast of food, which begins with a celebratory Kir Royal to get you in the mood for the excellent meal to come.
Lionel said: “I have really enjoyed putting this menu together for our guests. It is a selection of dishes that are close to my heart and, of course, my stomach”.
After an amuse bouche, you can choose from house cured salmon, garlic buttered field and wild mushrooms with griddled sour dough or smoked chicken and ham terrine, washed down with a lemon sorbet.
Main courses included rainbow trout, taking Lionel back to his youth in Southern France where he learnt to tickle the trout in the River Gardon near Montpellier. Of course, the famous French ‘steak et frites’ with peppercorn sauce features, along with a plat du jour and a vegetarian option of cauliflower and butterbean crumble.
The dessert options, after a strawberry cheesecake cocktail, have a nod to Lionel’s adopted country, with an East Anglian cheese selection, jostling for your attention alongside crème brûlée and profiteroles with sauce au chocolat.
Of course, he is very happy to recommend wines to enhance your enjoyment of this special menu, which will be served every day, except Sundays, and our monthly fish evenings on the first Friday of the month.
“I would start with a beautiful Sauvignon blanc from the South of France. If you choose the trout, a Chardonnay from the Loire will be an ideal accompaniment and a hearty Malbec will go nicely with the steak.
“A half-dry Muscat Viognier would match the desserts and if you are really pushing out the boat, a Calvados will end the evening in style.”
framboise, cassis, mûre
House cured salmon
Garlic buttered field & wild mushrooms, griddled sour dough, rocket pesto
Smoked chicken & ham terrine
lemon sorbet, lime vodka
Plat du Jour
Baked trout Grenobloise
Char grilled steak, frites, peppercorn sauce
Cauliflower & butterbean crumble, baby onion tatin, Roquefort cream
Strawberry cheesecake cocktail
East Anglian cheese selection
Profiteroles au sauce chocolat
Tea & coffee
The six course menu available from 3 April, including the welcome cocktail, is £45 per person
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