Lionel’s dream menu comes to life

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.”

The menu

Kir Royal

framboise, cassis, mûre


Amuse Bouche


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


Crème brûlée

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

How to book


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.