Last week I wandered down to Mereworth Wines at the end of The Street to try their locally produced wines and food in the sunshine. When we arrived, we sat outside on the picnic tables and the first thing I noticed was the scenic view of grapevines nearby! Inside the winery there were plenty of tables with a great atmosphere, so there’s no need to worry if the weather isn’t as good.
We tried the sparkling white and pink wines – both were deliciously fizzy and vibrant, but my personal favourite was the sparkling pink for its slight sweetness. As we went on a Friday it was ‘Fish & Fizz Friday’ and the Moules & Bread Shed pop-up was providing catering. We sat outside and the aroma of our food being freshly prepared and cooked was lovely; it felt so relaxing sitting in the sun with a great view and amazing wine. To start with we chose their tomato, basil and garlic bruschetta, but there were plenty of other options like arancini, cockles and crostini, so it was a tough decision!
For the main course we opted for both of their moules dishes, including a newly introduced pancetta and pale ale mussels and a classic garlic and white wine mussels with chilli. I can honestly say that the pancetta and pale ale recipe was one of the best I have ever tried. On top of that the chef from the Moules & Bread Shed was so friendly and the staff inside were really helpful too – they helped me with a few questions I had about dairy allergies.
The food arrived as a large portion of plump, juicy mussels with plenty of that delicious sourdough on the side for dipping. There is also an option for Ragu meatballs and fries if you prefer something different.
If you’re visiting on a different day, you are also in for a treat as fresh from the oven pizzas are served every Saturday 12 – 6pm, whilst Sundays are full of various food choices with live DJ and musician sessions!
Overall Mereworth Wines provided a fantastic, relaxing experience and I look forward to visiting again soon.
Mereworth Winery, ME18 5JD