I hold English wine in very high regard, hence my excitement when we visited The West Street Vineyard. To start we enjoyed smoked ricotta; served with a thyme crumb, buttermilk wafers and apple puree. A simple fresh dish, with just a hint of smoke from the ricotta. Heritage carrots followed; a vegan dish, which celebrated the humble carrot beautifully. With hazelnuts, carrot puree, fennel flowers and dill - delicious. Maldon salt marsh lamb for me, with charcoal powder, cauliflower, dauphinoise potato and a triple stock sauce. Both mains were a glory. To finish, burnt Coggeshall pears with air-dried ham and Maldon smoked blue cheese; a unique take on the classic cheese board. Mrs Exquisite couldn't resist the wonderful double brownie, with toffee, cream and Maldon sea salt. A culinary triumph on all accounts.
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