Chapel Down Brut British Sparkling Shared Amongst Friends at Polo Picnic
Every year we gather friends and family and head down to the polo in order to support our local team over the summer months. A clement Sunday afternoon at the polo cannot be had without a scrumptious picnic. From pork pies and pickles to macaroons and macerated strawberries, a hamper full of exciting treats to be had alongside a luxurious velveteen glass of chilled lightly sparkling Chapel Down Brut.
Chapel Down is one of my 'go-to' bottles of British Sparkling, especially for days out. I always have a few bottles in the wine fridge ready to go. It goes well with almost everything including polo. It is a dry, citrusy wine with hints of quince, honey, green apple and floral notes. Made from four grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier all grown in Kent and traditionally bottle fermented just like Champagne. You can find Chapel Down Brut alongside many of their other exciting products in Waitrose and Sainsbury's. Just look out for the iconic Chapel window logo on the label. Their rosé and more recent spirit range is also worth a try.
Here is my suggestions for a perfect picnic.
Firstly you’ll need a Hamper a picnic blanket and some tableware.
The perfect picnic for us always consists of four types of sandwich fillings on a range of breads. My favourites are; smoked trout with horseradish and watercress on European rye bread, dill pressed cucumber with lemon and black pepper cream cheese on white sourdough, honey glazed ham with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on walnut bread and jam or ham and cheese sandwiches for the little ones. This can be accompanied my many other savoury treats such as a large homemade rustic pork pie or sausage rolls, and crudités with a zingy hummus.
We seem to always take scones with us wherever we go on our outings, it just works practically and they are liked by so many. Theses scones are of course served with sticky strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. What would the point of a picnic be without sugary cakes and sweet treats? Vanilla Mille Feuille - layers of French vanilla, raspberry, pistachio and lemon curd tarts, glazed rose cream éclairs and multicoloured macaroons.
Of course, you cannot forget to bring a little something for the horses, after all they did most of the hard work…
- M. Harrington