Having visited Le Vignoble, Bath a few months back I was eager to head down to its older sibling in Royal William Yard, Plymouth.
With the day starting rather drearily after all the fabulous sunshine, Steve and I headed off on the train to Plymouth hoping that the sun might show its welcome face yet again. It did, and my goodness it came out in full force. After an ‘interesting’ walk from the train station through Plymouth to Royal William Yard, we made it in time for a late lunch. For those of you that know Plymouth, you will understand what I mean!
Managing to acquire the last table outside in the sunshine we were greeted by Yannick, the owner of Le Vignoble. He offered us menus for lunch which we eagerly took. Having visited Le Vignoble in Bath we knew the setup. They have an amazing lunch deal which we had tried on our last visit. A wonderful French cheese and charcuterie board for £6.50 that you could add a glass of house white, red or rosé for £3.45 making it a great lunch offer for under £10! Alongside this, there are other nibbles and light lunch ideas liked baked cheese or grilled tomatoes with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Everything on the menu is a perfect accompaniment to the extensive wine selection on offer.
Steve and I decided to share a few dishes. We couldn’t resist the lunchtime offer. I mean, who could in reality? Steve wanted red and was more than happy with the fruity house wine. I wanted an English wine and Yannick recommended The Barrel Fermented from Sharpham Vineyard. I do love Sharpham’s wines and if you fancy learning a little more about them then read about my visit and watch my tour and tasting video here. Yannick couldn’t have picked a more perfect wine for my palate and for the scorching weather. This wine also went perfectly with my lunch choice of Tomate Grape, the grilled tomatoes I mentioned above and olives. Of course in traditional French fashion, there was plenty of bread on hand to mop up the oozing cheeses and the juices from the tomatoes.
More About Le Vignoble.
Le Vignoble, which means ‘the vineyard’ in French, is a hybrid wine business offering elements of lounge, retail and education, each which complement each other and come together to provide a complete package.
The Le Vignoble approach to wine is not snobby or pretentious and they don’t like to lecture customers on what they should be drinking, instead they like to find out what you enjoy and recommend wines that they think you’ll love.
Their Philosophy is to provide wines with a good balance between quality and price, focusing on small producers and unusual wines – all with real people and a real story behind them. I LOVE this philosophy!
Back To Our Afternoon
After lunch we moved ourselves inside for two reasons. The first was it was getting too hot! How often can we say that in our country? The second being we wanted to sample from the amazing Enomatic Elite machines that dispense perfectly stored wines in 25ml, 125ml or 250ml measures. A special card is loaded with an amount of money so you have complete control of your spending. The card is then inserted into the state of the art dispensers so you can sample to your heart’s content. A tot if you fancy sampling a few wines to buy to take away or a larger glass if you decide to stay and enjoy the atmosphere. Steve wanted a glass but I was happy to flit back and forth sampling wines from across the globe.
For Le Vignoble’s guests that are non-wine drinkers, there is a great selection of local beers and of course teas and coffees for your mid-morning caffeine fix. They even have an Enomatic Elite machine that dispenses gin! There is something for everyone.
There are many tastings and meet the winemaker events over the summer months as well as their 6th birthday celebrations. All the details of these events are on their website.
We spent a very happy couple of hours at Le Vignoble both inside and out and would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Yannick and his team are perfect hosts!
To read about my visit to Le Vignoble, Bath take a look here.
Disclaimer: I was asked by Le Vignoble, Plymouth to visit their establishment. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own as always.