On Sunday 2nd June, the five of us spurned the delights of the Rutland Show and instead went to Hambleton Hall for Sunday lunch. It was a beautiful day and we were able to sit outside for a pre-lunch snifter and enjoy the view of the gardens with Rutland Water in the distance. Despite HH's proximity to G's childhood home, neither he nor his father had been there before so it was a new experience for all of us.
G chose a magnum of Moet & Chandon 1990 for our aperitif - fantastic mature champagne confirming that champagne really is best en magnum. We received these lovely canapes including what were described as "Parmesan windmills" and some fantastic beetroot macarons with a goats cheese centre, hidden from view behind the "windmills". Our waiter fancied himself as a comedian but soon shut up when G's father told him to put a sock in it, quite rightly.
We went inside to eat lunch and most of us opted for the trad option i.e. roast beef, which was cooked to perfection and served on top of its Yorkshire pudding.
To accompany, we had this Morey St Denis 1er cru Cuvee des Alouettes 1999 from Domaine Ponsot. It wasn't the place to make detailed tasting notes but this went down a treat and we awarded it a 9. I've just had a look on the Premier Cru Project spreadsheet and couldn't find it - eek! - but according to Wikipedia it's part of the Clos des Monts Luisants vineyard, which we haven't had before, so that's very pleasing.
For pudding, I had a strawberry souffle which came with a little sorbet.
Then it was back out to the terrace for coffee and petits fours.
All in all, a wonderful lunch - great food, wine and company. Thanks G!