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Temple Sowerby House Hotel - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2015







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Dinner is always a highlight of any stay at Temple Sowerby House and the Restaurant at TSH provides a truly relaxing dining experience.  On lighter evenings in spring and summer, drinks can be taken on the terrace enjoying the wonderfully peaceful ambience of the garden. On the darker nights of winter, the restaurant changes character, becoming a cosy haven from the elements and comfortable lounges with blazing log fires provide the perfect spot to relax after dinner with coffee.

Head Chef Jack Bradley and his team prepare monthly menus that reflect the seasons at TSH. Passionate about the superb range of produce available here in Cumbria, they blend the best traditions of British and Classical French cooking, redefined for today's lifestyle and tastes. Jack's menus encompass seasonal dishes with a deftness of touch and an explosion of flavours!

The relaxed, personal style of service helps to create the perfect environment for the enjoyment of food and the wine list has been carefully chosen to include interesting wines as well as old favourites. Advice on wine choice is always at hand, should it be needed, to encourage exploration of the wonderful world of wine!

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“Each to his own” is as near as I can come to a wine “philosophy”. It is possible to talk forever about wine, and some people do! I am quite happy to myself, as long as I’ve got a glass of the stuff in my hand!

The problem is, wine is very subjective. So when producing a wine list, do I choose the same old wines that everybody else has, or do I choose wines that I like myself, in the hope that others may also enjoy them?

Well, I have to admit to adopting the latter approach, by only stocking wines that I like and that I think will complement the menus, knowing that I can recommend them personally.

I could easily make the list two or three times as long, there are that many good wines around, but too much choice can be confusing so I hope you enjoy my selection. There are some good examples of classic styles, together with some interesting new ones to try, too! Please do ask if you want to try something a bit different but are unsure which to choose.



House Wines

Pleno Blanco, Principe de Viana, Navarra

Delightfully fresh with undertones of peach and ripe pineapple


Merlot, Route 66, California

Soft and velvety in texture with soft fruit on the palate and great depth of flavour.


A few of my personal favourites

chosen from The Wine List:

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2014, Gran Sasso, Italy

Fresh melon and lemon on the nose, clean,

crispy, dry but juicy on the mouth.

Unoaked with light mineral tones.


Picpoul de Pinet 'Terrasse de la Mer' 2015, Languedoc

My new favourite! Crisp, dry & minerally with citrus and tropical notes.

Perfect match for shellfish but goes with virtually anything - quaff and enjoy!


Dart Valley Reserve 2013, Sharpham Estate, Devon

A great find from our English Wine Weekend! Crisp with fresh minerality, herbaceous notes

and a great balance of fruit and light oak. Like a cross between Sancerre & Picpoul - lovely!


Chenin Blanc, Avondale 2014, Paarl S.A.

Perfect South African Chenin Blanc - well-rounded,

full texture with hints of pear drops and ripe melon at the finish.


McHenry-Hohnen 3 Amigos White 2011, Margaret river, Oz

The 3 Amigos being Marsanne, Chardonnay and Roussanne - a great wine!

The bouquet of a good wine but, on tasting, the chardonnay blends with the

Marsanne, Roussanne and some oak-ageing to create a wonderful wine experience!

From the relatively new, but excellent, Margaret River region south of Perth.


Morgon, Dmn. de la Chaponne 2014, Beaujolais

Fragrant, bright young cherry with an impressive depth of flavour.

Superbly situated vines and a keen, young winemaker!


Lagarde Estate 'Guarda' 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

Malbec & Cabernet with added Merlot & Syrah for luck - a powerful,

rich & complex wine. Intense aromas of smoky forest berries with hints of vanilla.


Chateau Musar 2007, Bekka'a Valley, Lebanon

Rich, mature wine with oak, spice and currant tastes - in fact,

similar to a good claret but with an almost sweet, exotic edge to it. I love it!


Juniper Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2012, Margaret River, W. A.

Rich, juicy mix of blackcurrant, cherry & plums, subtle spice, oak

and a long finish. This region is producing wines of great depth

and character and this is no exception.


Chateau Fourcas-Hosten 2007, Listrac, Medoc

The commune of Listrac, situated on some of the highest land in the

Medoc has been quietly producing wonderful wines for

a long time,particularly this fine Chateau. They need time to

overcome their innate austerity and this one is spot on!




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