Tasty ideas for summer entertaining

PUBLISHED: 12:35 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:37 05 July 2016

West Street Vineyard

West Street Vineyard


Jane Mohan, owner of the award-winning West Street Vineyard in Coggeshall, creates a three course meal, showcasing the tastiest early summer ingredients in the local larder

Grapes at the vineyardGrapes at the vineyard

The award-winning West Street Vineyard in Coggeshall is really putting Essex on the winemaking map.

It was bought by the Mohans in 2009, and in 2011 it was expanded and 3,000 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines from Burgandy were planted. Passionate about local produce, they applied for planning permission to build a restaurant on the site where the menu would showcase the best ingredients from Essex and the eastern region – including their own wines - and in 2013 the dream became a reality.

Fittingly, for a restaurant where homegrown produce is the star, it opened on St George’s Day.

Here Jane Mohan serves up some tasty ideas for a summer feast, using produce available from right here on the doorstep – and some tipples to go with…

To start

Beautiful asparagusBeautiful asparagus

Ardleigh asparagus with poached duck egg, honey and mustard

“The British asparagus season is very short – just eight weeks from April to June - so you need to make the most of it while it’s available,” says Jane. “Asparagus is best when it’s served simply, with just a few ingredients to compliment it.”

And to go with... New Hall Bacchus.

The main event

Seafood risotto with Cromer crab, squid, prawns and mussels

Cromer crabCromer crab

“May and June are the peak months of the Cromer crabbing season,” says Jane. “There’s something very special about Cromer crab – they have a delicious almost sweet flavour to them. Again, when an ingredient is this good, you don’t want it overpowered by other flavours, and I like it in a simple risotto with other seafood, such as squid, prawns and mussels and a squeeze of lemon juice.”

And to go with... West Street White 2015.


Raspberry framboise parfait, shortbread and clotted cream

“When the soft fruit cropping season gets underway, summer is well and truly here,” says Jane. “And you can’t beat the slightly tart sweetness of raspberries at their best.”

Church Farm, TunsteadChurch Farm, Tunstead

And to go with... West Street Sparkling 2011 made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

From grape to glass

If you love wine and want to find out more about its journey from grape to glass, the Wine School at West Street Vineyard is the place to learn.

Sessions are being held throughout the summer and beyond. Visit www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk to find out more.

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