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2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Two briliantly creative meals – part 2: Roger Jones@The Harrow

As promised this is the second part of a double post on a couple of brilliantly creative meals we enjoyed in July: one in Lisbon at André Magalhães at his tiny Taberna da Rua Flores, Lisbon and this one at Roger Jones' The Harrow

Amuse bouche – olives, garlic cloves and 
the famous foie gras macaroons

2008 Chenin du Puy, AC Saumur Blanc, Frédéric Mabileau
(above and below)

Roger and Sue Jones kindly invited us to bring one or more bottles (BYOB). We took one – the 2008 Le Puy, Saumur Blanc from Frédéric Mabileau. Sadly we only had one bottle left as this one was delicious, very attractively evolved with honey and pineapple notes along with brilliantly clean acidity underlining what a fine vintage 2008 is for dry whites in the Loire. This was Frédéric's second vintage from his small plot of Chenin Blanc at Le Puy Notre Dame.

Pure Chenin this 2008 was picked in two tris – the first on 11th October and the second on 22nd October.     

We chose the six course menu for £50 a head 

Crab & pea cocktail 
(above and below)

Classy olive oil 

Sashimi of yellow fin tuna, caviar rocks, crème fraîche 
with a stunning beetroot sorbet with wasabi 
– dish of the evening against very tough competition.
The tuna was wonderfully fresh and Frédéric's Saumur 
was a perfect match

Memorable decanter for a memorable wine 

The Harrow has an excellent wine list reflecting the Jones' enthusiasm for the wines of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in particular. The Pinot Noirs from Felton Road (Central Otago) are one of the specially featured estates. We chose the 2010 Block 3, Pinot Noir, which was delicious and finely balanced, silky texture and lovely complexity with good freshness in the finish.  

Line caught turbot, Périgord truffle risotto

New season Welsh lamb, Isle of Wight tomatoes 

Mango, passion fruit and clementine parfait 

After opting for a tasting plate of cheese, we finished the meal with this 
fine dessert - 'Berry' - based on soft summer fruits  

Not only was the food delicious, the service was impeccable, relaxed and friendly. We'll be back soon!!


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