Verdicchio, Sartarelli, Horse and Cart, Peasmarsh


It's a pleasure when the local village pub puts as much effort into sourcing their wines as they do into the quality of the food coming from the kitchen, and that's exactly what The Horse and Cart in Peasmarsh - close to picturesque Rye - are doing with some aplomb. A massive five litre of Izadi's Rioja Reserva was on the bar this weekend (to drink in or take away), and sets their stall out from the kick off. We content ourselves with Sartarelli's consistently excellent Verdicchio (£28 to drink in), but another visit may see us pile into Massolino Nebbiolo, Isola e Elena Chianti, or a magnum of Fontodi's benchmark Tuscan red, Flaccianello. Locally shot venison with dauphinoise, Rye Bay scallops, and a cracking breakfast featuring their own sausages completed the weekend stay. Owner Marc Wise used to co-own a wine merchant — ah, that would be it then.

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