There’s a new food and wine event on the block. The Hippodrome’s Wine, Dine & Live! event promises to bring conversation and fine food and wine to their AA Rosette award-winning Circle Restaurant. With a packed programme of events lined up to see out 2019 and more scheduled for 2020, I was invited to check out their first event and it didn’t disappoint.
The format of the night consisted of wine expert Hansi Baumann presenting a selection of iconic Australian wines, complete with an expert guided tasting for each, paired with a seasonal four course meal created by Head Chef, Melissa Ford. Whilst the playlist was supplied by Elegant Entertainment which really added to the evening.
The set menu is relatively formal and was sent ahead of the evening with dietary requirements requested within time too. I forgot to specify that my guest was a veggie before the event, but its no bother for the kitchen who were able to cater for her needs easily on the night.
We start with Beetroot Carpaccio, goats curd and toasted pine nuts which is a lovely fresh dish, paired with a Riesling. The beetroot manages to retain a slight crunch and is a nice alternative to the usual salad with goats curd.
Pan Seared Grouse comes with confit potatato, braised savoy and blackberry jus. I’ll be honest in that, this dish is not something I’d usually choose due to the number of bones in the meat but the rest of the dish is lovely and the paired Pinot Noir makes it all worthwhile.
A selection of three cheeses comes before dessert including Oxford Isis, Clara and Cornish Brie which are all gorgeous and I polish the lot off.
We finish with a Salted Pecan Tart with vanilla seeded clotted cream, paired with a nutty, moreish old tawny port taking me back to Porto days.
Despite the main course of grouse not being to my liking- more of a personal preference- I really enjoy the evening, particularly the guided wine tasting.
This new series of food and wine events is a great addition to the Brum scene and is sure to offer something for everyone. Granted, we attend a relatively formal fine dining event but other events on offer include Fine Dining alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera to relaxed dining with the House Menu for shows such as Grease and Blood Brothers or stand up comedy nights with informal Street Food with buckets of beer on ice! The mix of events is testament to the fact that The Hippodrome and The Circle restaurant are keen to offer a range of options that suit people’s tastebuds and budget and shows real commitment to create events that will appeal to a diverse crowd and I’m all about accessibility.
Go and have a look at the events- I’m pretty sure you’ll fine one you like!
Psst! This month, The Hippodrome is running their Festival of Champagne Tasting with Laurent-Perrier which looks really special.
*Thanks to The Hippodrome, I was invited to try the food complimentary. As always my opinions are my own.*
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