It seems crazy to me now that wine used to repulse me, like I genuinely couldn’t even smell the stuff without wanting to thrown up. I spent my 20’s and early 30’s looked on in horror as my friends would drink copious amounts of this poison grape juice and seem to enjoy it…..weirdos!
Then something odd happened to me a few years ago, my tastebuds changed…matured, if you will. All of a sudden I was eating and drinking things I had never even considered before and really enjoying them.
Is started off with a little glass of rose at a function (because that was all there was). Having enjoyed it more than I thought I would, this became ordering a glass of rose in a bar….that developed quite quickly into a glass of white with dinner….which then morphed into sharing a bottle of Malbec with friends and really loving it.
This has all changed in the last 2 years, and now it is my drink of choice with dinner or if I’m cooking.
So you can imagine my serious excitement when a new wine bar called Villiers & Co opened on Woodlands a few weeks ago, just a hop, skip and a jump from my pad.
Naturally, it was only a matter of days before I had talked my buddy, Liberty into popping into try one of Villiers Wine Flights and a selection of their Charcuterie.
In case you haven’t spotted it yet, Villiers & Co is located in the old Greggs near the sainsburys garage…but it’s completely unrecognisable as the once chain bakers. They have totally opened up the whole space, which is surprisingly large and drowning in a whole heap of natural light from the huge windows. The soothing and modern colour scheme of greys and natural wood gives this cool new wine bar a sleek and contemporary feel, which obvs I love.
I felt welcomed immediately by the staff, who are chatty, friendly and happy to help you in making wine/food selections. The owner is a lovely guy who popped by everyone’s tables just to make sure that everyone was happy and well catered too. An all round pleasant and positive environment to hang out in.
Right so let’s chat grub! This is 100% not a restaurant, so please don’t go hear expecting a 3 course meal cause that ain’t on the cards! This is very much a cool wine bar with a selection of cheese and cured meats to nibble on while you enjoy some beautiful wines by night. And during the day you can enjoy a coffee & cake or a little light sharing boards of meats and cheese.
When I popped in with Liberty we decided to do the Pinot Noir wine flight with matching cheese at £18.95. Along with this we decided to order some bread & olives, parma wrapped bread sticks, and some cured meats.
First off, let’s start with the wine which was just delicious. As you would expect in this kind of bar we got a bit of chat when the flight was delivered to our table. We were talked through the order to drink and eat, and a little bit about the wines and cheese (which comes from George Mews) Each wine was just lush but special mention has to go to my favourite which was the Duette from Chile this was paired with a wonderfully stinky Gorgonzola.
One of the things I loved most about the food was the deli meats – we tried the Parma Ham, Salami Miliano and Chorizo which were are sliced on the premises. The slices were slightly thicker than you would normally have, but this just made them taste even better than I expected. I especially loved the smoky slightly spiced chorizo, which is one of my favourite foods anyway.
I did feel bad for Liberty because I basically ate this entire board myself, this style of dining though is so totally up my street…. Infact, I ate so much of the food that it was basically my dinner that night – and I’m not even sorry!
I forgot to take a pic of the bill but my share was £23.10, which for the amount and quality of the food and wine we enjoyed was a perfectly reasonable price.
I amn’t going to do a scorecard for Villiers since it is not actually doing a full menu, I just wanted to tell you guys how much I really like this place (so much so I have visited 3 times in the last week) and would recommend popping in to try out…it’s fast become one of my favourite spots.