Perfect Partners – Food & Wine

“Save water, drink wine” Catherine Colebrook

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to know when your wine doesn’t match your food. The wrong glass of wine can ruin a delicious meal or render the wine undrinkable (until dessert). On the other hand, when a wine complements your meal it can bring your food to life – bringing out flavours you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed.

Where to start with choosing the best wine to accompany your meal? Ask your waiter to recommend a good bottle.  Our knowledgeable restaurant manager Alex is on hand to share his perfect pairings from the ‘Q’ Restaurant menu:

Cornish lamb loin, dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables & lamb jus
Urbina Rioja, Crianza 2004, Spain

When choosing a flavoursome meat like lamb, go for a Rioja with its warming spices to bring out the full flavours of the dish. Like an explosion of the senses, the red berries reveal liquorice and flower notes. Full of soft grained tannins, this ruby red Rioja tastes fresh on the palate and leaves a long finish on the tongue. This generous dish is best enjoyed in our intimate restaurant setting where no detail is overlooked.

Pan roasted sea bass, caramelised fennel risotto, tomato and chive butter
‘King of Riesling’ Dr loosen from Mosel, Germany

The trick is to choose a light crisp wine that won’t overpower the delicate taste of the fish. The sweet taste of pan roasted sea bass, caramelised fennel risotto and tomato and chive butter, are enhanced by the fruity tones of the Riesling. This is a great summer dish, best enjoyed on our sun trap terrace with a bottle of wine chilling on ice.

10oz Ribeye steak, vine roasted tomatoes, sable potatoes, shallot puree
Terrazas de los Andes Malbec
from Argentina

This bold Argentinian Malbec is full of character bearing dark fruit notes of blackberries and black cherry combined with a subtle spice and fine grained tannins. It is fantastic with red meats and its peppery notes enhance the flavour of the meat like nothing else.


Pan roasted cod, petit pois a la francais
Alamos Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina

If you’re a devil for something creamy, choose a crisp wine that’s slightly acidic to balance out the rich buttery flavours that accompany the cod. This particular chardonnay has a broad full flavour having been matured for 6 months in oak barrels. Its tropical fruit aromas and citrus tones add a certain ‘va va voom’ to tantalise the taste buds.

Choosing the perfect partner to accompany food is a balancing act.  When in doubt, always choose a crisp white with fish and a juicy red with red meat. Our wine list is handpicked by Britain’s youngest Master of Wine so you can relax knowing you’re getting the best.

Our sample menu is certain to get your pulse racing and taste buds tingling. We recommend booking ahead to guarantee you don’t miss out on The Old Quay House dining experience.

To reserve a table please phone 01726833302 or say hello in person at 28 Fore Street, Fowey.