Weymouth’s harbour is bustling with eating places, pubs and bars, however none are fairly like Vinolo.
Perched on the sting of the harbour, this stylish institution serves a small however flavour-packed menu of antipasti boards together with an outstanding collection of wines and gins.
Vinolo initially opened in 2015 on a facet avenue near the harbour, however because of its recognition moved to this superior location with a a lot bigger area in 2019.
We arrived for lunch in late September, and the climate gods have been clearly trying fondly upon us. The solar was out casting a heat glow over the outside seating space, so we selected a desk just some metres from the harbour’s edge.
Carl Macshilton who owns and runs Vinolo, was our waiter for the day. His pleasant manner and glorious data of wine pairings go down properly with the locals – it was clear by their straightforward banter that a lot of our fellow diners have been regulars.
All through the Autumn months, Vinolo will likely be internet hosting numerous wine tastings, cheese and wine quizzes and weekly Fondue Fridays in November.
We started our lunch with a glass of pink. Carl really useful the Syrah, Carignan and Grenache from the Languedoc area of France, one in all his private favourites. It was, in a phrase, scrumptious, with a fragile spiciness that tasted even higher with the solar on my face.
I used to be impressed that a lot of the wine checklist is lower than £30 a bottle, a uncommon factor certainly for a wine bar. Carl can also be planning to supply nearly all of wines by the glass because of well-liked demand.
When you’re on the hunt for one thing stronger than wine, then don’t despair. Vivino additionally serves 47 completely different sorts of gins, all with advised tonic pairings.
The 2-page menu is brief and candy. Nibbles embody Italian olives and candy balsamic onions, and the starters on supply are mini variations of the cheese and antipasti boards.
My suggestion is to skip the starters and as an alternative go for one of many spectacular sharing boards.
The crowning glory is the aptly named “Scrumptious Deli Board”, which at £28 for 2 is a discount. With this you get a little bit little bit of all the pieces together with three various kinds of cheese, three forms of charcuterie and a wonderful pile of nibbly bits together with sundried tomatoes, balsamic onions, pickles, pink peppers and cornichons.
The board additionally comes with a beneficiant basket of bread and crackers, and you may request some chutney should you like.
Carl advised us he wished to supply selection in a dish with flavours from completely different international locations, and he has actually succeeded.
Our charcuterie included Bresaola and Napoli Salami from Italy, which he sourced from an area Italian girl who imports it instantly. The cheeses have been a combination of French and British, together with a nutty wedge of native Dorset Coastal Cheddar, and a very good French goats cheese that went very properly with the balsamic onions.
For me, what made this deli board a lower above the remaining have been the standard of the nibbly bits, piled excessive within the centre of the platter. The sundried tomatoes have been essentially the most scrumptious I’ve tasted, and a burst of sunshine within the mouth, however I’ve been knowledgeable their origin is a carefully guarded secret.
The entire expertise was simply so stress-free and nice – I loved one other glass of wine, this time a lighter pinot noir, with my deli board, it was the proper accompaniment.
Different sharing boards on supply embody an Antipasto platter with a bigger collection of charcuterie, and native cheese choice with 5 Dorset cheeses, and a vegan mezze board with Hummus, stuffed vine leaves and grilled greens.
For dessert, there is only one choice on the menu: Italian cannoli. The crispy tubes of pastry are full of delicate ricotta, and ours have been flavoured with punchy lemon. This was the proper ending to a wonderfully superb lunch.