A vine romance at New Forest bistro

20th Aug 2018

The hysteria surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau reached its peak in the 1980s, and today there’s still plenty of enthusiasm for this fresh, fruity, drinkable young wine, which is released to France and then the rest of the world on the third Thursday of every November.

Celebrated in France with fireworks and festivals, the arrival of the freshly-pressed light red wine is the perfect excuse for a party, and Le Blaireau is marking the occasion with a special menu, music, and – of course – plenty of Beaujolais Nouveau.

On November 16, all members of staff will be up early, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first bottles ready for the following evening’s celebrations.

The authentic French bar and bistro features an all-French wine list alongside classic regional French dishes like Beef Bourguignon and Normandy fish soup. Its stylish interior is inspired by the streets of Paris, complete with globe street lights, cobbled streets and a full-size 2CV parked just beyond the bar.

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To be among the first to sample new season Beaujolais, book a table at Le Blaireau on November 16, and enjoy a three-course dinner with live music from an accordionist for just £29.95 per person.

To really make the most of the celebrations, why not leave the car keys at home and spend the night at Careys Manor?

With a sweeping oak staircase, cosy drawing rooms, plush suites and a luxury Thai spa, the historic country hotel is the perfect place to wind down after the last of the Beaujolais Nouveau has been poured.

To find out more, or to make a reservation, call 01590 624467 or to book online, click here.

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