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Last Tuesday saw a sprinkling of the crème de la crème of the food and wine blogging fraternity gather at Roast in Borough Market. For some reason they invited me along too.

Chapel Down were the hosts looking at raising the profile of their English wine range in a food/wine matching environment. The chef at Roast, Lawrence Keogh, constructed various dishes to accompany wines from the Chapel Down cellars; some matches worked beautifully, others less so.

Myself, that man-about-town who keeps popping up in all the cool places, the delightful Gourmet Chick, the lovely Liz of Gastronomy Domaine, the hard-working Eat Like A Girl and good-ol’ Wine Sleuth, through caution to the wind (or maybe that was just too much of the Chapel Down fizz) and twittered incessantly during the meal (Liz has reposted her tweets here) but you can read all via #cdrlunch on twitter.

The net result is that Roast and Chapel Down have paired down our sampling menu into a full three courses plus wines meal deal exclusively for our respective blog readers.
That’s you by the way!

If you would like the chance to sample the menu and the wines you need to head to Roast on the 24th November.

Andrew, as you’re aware, your thoughts and feedback were crucial in putting together the special Chapel Down menu that your readers will be able to enjoy during a special evening service on November 24th. After some discussion and deliberation, that menu will be as follows:
- On arrival, a glass of Chapel Down Brut Rose
- Ramsey of Carluke haggis with celeriac and oxtail sauce, with a glass of Chapel Down Rondo Regent Pinot Noir NV
- Slow-roast Wicks Manor pork belly with mashed potatoes and Bramley apple sauce, served with a glass of Roast Bacchus Reserve 2007
- Spiced clementine custard with anise biscuits, served with a glass of Chapel Down Nectar 2007
- Tea or coffee

To take advantage of this menu, including the wine at just £44.50, you will need to quote Chapel Down Roast Bloggers’ Dinner when you ring the restaurant to book – 0845 034 7300.
Let me tell you something people – that pork belly is worth the cost of the meal in itself! Delicious. The picture, below, is a half-sized sampler dish that we were served… and if you haven’t experienced a decent haggis before (or any haggis come to that) then you are in for a treat…



  1. Don’t be so modest Andrew, of course you are blogging crème de la crème, practically blogging royalty…

  2. Dylan says:

    Just when I began to forget the disadvantages of living in the States.

  3. Jeanne says:

    O. M. G. Why oh why have I not been to Roast?? The reviews initially were a bit mixed I think but this menu sounds phenomenal. Sounds like you guys had a great time and yes, you ARE practically blogging royalty & don’t let anybody tell you otherwise ;-)

  4. I really enjoyed this meal – I think you should go and make use of this ‘special’ and let us all know what you thought

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