Tuesday, September 27, 2016

News: Wine bar paired with Rotherham steakhouse

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Glasses were raised as a new wine bar was officially opened alongside the recently re-opened Double Barrel Steakhouse in Rotherham.

Croft Wine Bar at Thurcroft was officially opened by the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley and guests which included former premiership chairman Sir Dave Richards and champion racing driver Christian England, whose team has since gone on to win the European Le Mans LMP3 race series.

Guests were treated to an exclusive wine tasting hosted by Kieron Atkinson, an ex-army captain who has been responsible for leading the resurgence in English wine production.

The new wine bar is the first in South Yorkshire to specialise in English produced wines and brought together a range of ten varieties which have been carefully developed by Kieron using hand-picked grapes produced in his vineyards at Renishaw Hall, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire and Welcombe Hills, Warwickshire.

During the opening evening, visitors to Croft Wine Bar were given a chance to see United Autosports Ligier LMP3 Le Mans racing car driven to victory on some of Europe's top circuits.

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Since May, Rotherham-based Jason Mace, the founder of Gala Tent, has invested more than £100,000 into the Double Barrel which has included an extensive refurbishment of its steakhouse restaurant and the introduction of a new coffee shop in a previously unused area of the building. Twenty jobs have been created in Thurcroft as a result of the investment.

Jason Mace, Owner of the Croft Wine Bar, said: "When people think of fine wines they instantly cast their minds to those produced on the continent, but few people are aware of the many different choices and varieties available from English producers. In recent years there has been a lot of interest in English wines which are admired by wine connoisseurs across the world for their delicate and subtle flavours. We wanted to give wine lovers in Rotherham a chance to experience the unique tastes on their doorstep.

"I first met Kieron a few months ago and I was immediately impressed by his passion and knowledge of English wine production. After sampling his selection, I had no hesitation in supporting his work and bringing his selection of award-winning wines to Rotherham for the first time.

"There are a wide selection of wines and champagnes available at Croft Wine Bar, from still and sparkling to reds and ros├ęs. For those who prefer brews to bottles we also offer a selection of craft bottled beers and an extensive cocktail menu, so there is definitely something for everyone."

Croft Wine Bar website

Images: Croft Wine Bar


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