20th August 2018 6pm
After attending the opening launch for the Wine House 1821, we went back to spend a little time trying the food and drinks properly as well as having a little nosy around the place. Situated on Picardy Place, this venue has a beautiful frontage, even on the grey day we visited. Inside, it manages to avoid a pretentious feel by using wood to soften the surroundings in the main bar area. We took a seat and looked and the food and drinks menus. I can’t drink wine sadly, but my friend definitely could and decided on red but asked for advice based on the type of red she fancied. She was allowed to taste a couple and then opt for the one she preferred. Whilst this is a wine bar, it caters more than amply for those who can’t or won’t have wine. I chose a cocktail but there was a really good choice of other drinks too. We decided to pick some bread and the antipasti combo platter and we were informed that the platter already came with bread. Bonus!
Whilst we were waiting for the food, we got chatting with the staff about what they offer. Apparently. All the meets and cheeses are cut on site and pretty much everything in the place came from Italy (as the family are Italian). We also spotted some customers coming in to get some wine to take away. This is handy if you find a wine you like and want to have at home.
The platter arrived and looked amazing. We had a variety of meats and cheese as well as vegetables, grapes, walnuts and salad. Then there was bread and bread sticks and dipping oil. Heaven. The balance was right and we there was so much that we actually didn’t manage to finish it all. My friend described it at ‘epic’. It was really good value for money and we were able to graze at our own leisure as the place has a relaxed vibe about it.
We also got a little tour of the place, which has a beautiful function suite upstairs as well as four hotel rooms. There is also a cool cocktail bar in the basement.
We really enjoyed our visit to Wine House 1821 and certainly offered more than we expected. Definitely worth a visit.
Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 33/40
Would I eat here again? Yes!
Cost – complimentary but would be around £40 for two large glasses of wine, a cocktail and the platter.
Whilst this meal was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Kim from The Limelight for organising and providing a couple of the room photos.