West Street Vineyard
High-quality, reasonably priced local food and wine are the hallmark of West Street Vineyard in picturesque Coggeshall. The wine cannot get more local – the restaurant rests amongst the vines that make the award-winning wine. With awards for both its service and food, you can be sure of a warm welcome and wonderful experience, whether you’re dropping in for a coffee during a dog walk along the nearby Essex Way or celebrating with family and friends. There’s a terrace for enjoying sunny days and private rooms including a cellar bar for private parties, as well as the main restaurant with large glass windows through which you can admire the vineyard views.
As well as their own wine, Jane and her team offer over 40 English wines and 50 from abroad. Wine tastings are a great introduction to English wine and the all-day Introduction to Wine course is a fun way to learn about wine making and varieties from around the world. Although West Street Vineyard takes its wine seriously, there isn’t a whiff of pretension or snobbery; Jane is all about wine with personality that people want to drink because they enjoy them.
West Street is definitely not just about wine, though. Fresh, local ingredients are beautifully cooked and presented for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as decadent afternoon tea with delicious West Street fizz. The current set lunch menu features the likes of vegetarian soup of the day, braised pork belly slow cooked in lobster bisque, and goat’s cheese crumble with broccoli. The offering changes to showcase the latest seasonal produce, which is often sourced from growers in the nearby village. The evening menu boasts delights such as venison in rich chocolate, succulent beef fillet served with pearl barley, vegan ratatouille (there are always vegan and gluten-free options) and fish of the day fresh from the Essex coast. In summer you can also expect sharing platters with hummus, olives, tzatziki, sundried tomatoes and fresh pitta bread, or for meat-lovers, a range of charcuterie. To finish, why not treat yourself to a toffee apple tart with crème anglaise, or perhaps brandy snap trio with raspberry mousse, raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and a raspberry and white chocolate cup.