There’s nothing more comforting than a classic British dish. Whether it’s a warming toad-in-the-hole or a creamy Eton mess, traditional British recipes are always winners.
And how do you improve on delicious home-cooked food? Well, pairing your dish with the right wine can really bring the meal to life and make any course feel that bit more special.
We’ve found a few surprising pairings that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Anyone for Champagne and fish & chips? Read on to see our food and wine pairings for seven classic British dishes.
- Fish & Chips with Tanners Brut Extra Réserve Spécial Champagne
Featured above: Tanners Brut Extra Réserve Spécial Champagne and fish & chips (image by Smabs Sputzer)
Want to make that indulgent British classic a bit more special? Our deliciously dry Champagne is a great match for this tasty fish dish. With yeasty and biscuit flavours and a long finish, this is an elegant and complex Champagne.
To inspire you, here are a few recipes:
- Jamie Oliver: Fish, chips and mushy peas
- River Cottage: Fish in beer batter
- BBC: Golden beer-battered fish with chips
- Toad-in-the-Hole with Tanners Merlot, IGP Pays d’Oc 2014
Featured above: Tanners Merlot, IGP Pays d’Oc 2014 with toad-in-the-hole (image by mjtmail (tiggy))
Toad-in-the-hole is perfect for a Sunday lunch, or a cosy evening when the fire is roaring. Pair with a hearty glass of Tanners Merlot – a soft, fruity wine with lots of plummy flavours. This wine is just as moreish as the toad-in-the-hole itself.
Here are a few recipes to inspire you:
- Kernow Sausages: classic toad-in-the-hole recipe
- Delicious Magazine: toad-in-the-hole
- BBC Good Food: ultimate toad-in-the-hole with caramelised onion gravy
- Steak and Kidney Pie with Two in the Bush Merlot/Cabernet, Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills 2013
Featured above: Two in the Bush Merlot/Cabernet, Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills 2013 with steak & kidney pie (image by Darren Foreman)
Steak and kidney pie is another warming dish – particularly when accompanied by rough cut chips and greens. This Merlot and Cabernet blend wine has a complex aroma of blackcurrant, plum and rhubarb, plus a soft palate of chocolate and spice that deliciously complements meaty flavours.
To inspire you, here are a few recipe ideas:
- BBC Good Food: Steak & kidney pie
- The Cottage Smallholder: Steak & kidney pie
- Good Housekeeping: Steak & kidney pie
- Roast Pork with Fleurie, Domaine de la Viroylette, J Charlet 2014
Featured above: Fleurie, Domaine de la Viroylette, J Charlet 2014 and roast pork (image by The Eggplant)
Succulent roast pork is one of the nation’s favourites for Sunday lunch. If you’re cooking roast pork this weekend, we recommend pairing it with this light, fruity red from the Fleurie region. With a juicy flavour of wild strawberries, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to your roast dinner.
Here are a few recipe ideas to inspire you:
- BBC Good Food: Roast pork with apples, cider vinegar & rosemary
- Jamie Oliver: 6-hour slow-roasted pork shoulder
- Hairy Bikers: Slow-roast pork with root vegetables
- Eton Mess with Pato Torrente Reserva Cabernet Rosé, Valle Central 2015
Featured above: Pato Torrente Reserva Cabernet Rosé, Valle Central 2015 with Eton mess (image by insatiablemunch)
One of the nation’s favourite desserts, Eton mess is a fruity and creamy delight – and it’s also really easy to make. Pair this dessert with a fruity wine like this off-dry rosé from Central Valley, Chile. With strawberry flavours and a lively, refreshing acidity, this wine is perfect for a summer’s day.
Here are a few Eton mess recipes to inspire you:
- Telegraph: Eton mess recipe, plus summery twists to try
- Great British Chefs: Traditional Eton mess
- BBC Good Food: Eton mess parfait with berry sauce
- Bread and Butter Pudding with Príncipe de Viana Late Harvest Chardonnay, Navarra 2012 – 50cl
Featured above: Príncipe de Viana Late Harvest Chardonnay, Navarra 2012 – 50cl with bread and butter pudding (image by adactio)
Another simple yet tasty British dessert is the kaiser buns and butter pudding. However, there are many variations on the classic, with additions ranging from panettone and Croissants to dried fruit. Try pairing bread and butter pudding with this sweet yet fresh dessert wine from the Navarra region of Spain. With citrus flavours combined with figs, vanilla and spices, a glass of this is a real treat.
Here are some bread and butter pudding ideas to inspire you:
- Jamie Oliver: Good old bread and butter pudding with a marmalade glaze and cinnamon and orange butter
- Lisa Faulkner: Croissant and Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding
- BBC Good Food: Panettone pudding
- Rhubarb Crumble with Rheinhessen Auslese 2013
Featured above: Rheinhessen Auslese 2013 with rhubarb crumble (image by Migle Seikyte)
Sweet, sharp rhubarb is the treat that grows in gardens across Britain – and an old-fashioned crumble is the perfect way to cook this very English fruit. The perfect partner for a rhubarb dessert is this soft, peachy Auslese. From the vineyards of Rheinhessen, a combination of early ripening grapes and sunshine gives this wine a sweetness that’s the perfect match for a sharp rhubarb crumble.
To inspire, here are a few rhubarb crumble recipes:
- Delia: Rhubarb and Almond Crumble
- Food Network: Deconstructed Rhubarb Crumble with Ginger Cream
- The Kitchn: Blackberry Rhubarb Crumble
So there you have it – seven classic British dishes, and the wines that make the perfect (and sometimes surprising) match. Browse our full collection of wines to start planning your perfect dinner party or to simply stock up your wine rack. Each wine in our collection has a food pairing suggestion, so there’s plenty of inspiration out there.