Al fresco food and wine pairing lunch · Saturday 9/9/17 · Chester · The Wine School of Cheshire
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Al fresco food and wine pairing lunch · Saturday 9/9/17 · Chester


As the summer draws to a close, what better way is there to experience an afternoon of food and wine pairing al fresco?


Join us in The Roof Lounge at Restaurant 1539 overlooking Chester’s historic racecourse for our al fresco food and wine pairing lunch. This entertaining event features a four course gourmet lunch prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Speak along with our matched wines suited for the season personally selected and presented by Richard Smith of The Wine School of Cheshire.


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What's included

You’ll enjoy a fabulous tasting menu experience in The Roof Lounge at Restaurant 1539 overlooking Chester Racecourse which will be exclusively ours for the afternoon. There’s a four course gourmet lunch prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Speak and six outstanding wines personally selected  and presented by Richard Smith of The Wine School of Cheshire which will include a sparkling wine on arrival with individual wines to match each dish, including two different wines to enjoy with our final cheese course. Expect a great wine selection, all of which will be ideal for the season and sourced from our favourite local stores: with a maximum of fourteen guests this will be an intimate dining experience perfect for a late summer afternoon in Chester.


What to expect from your day out with us


  • 12:30 Arrivals and introductions with a glass of sparkling wine to welcome you.
  • 13:00 Lunch: a different wine chosen to match each course, selected and presented by Richard. (select the menu bar below to read your menu for the day)
  • 14:30 Take a breather for coffee or tea with our compliments as we prepare for the afternoon wine selection.
  • 14:50 The Cheeseboard: enjoy our final two chosen wines which will match perfectly with our summer cheese selection.
  • As always there’s time for any further questions and answers and we expect to finish at around 3.30pm.


Timings are approximate and subject to change

Our menu will be confirmed with Chef shortly before the event date

A sample menu from Restaurant 1539 is featured below:
To Start

Confit chicken and oyster mushroom terrine with a vermouth poached pear and toasted hazelnuts.

Vegetarian alternative first course

Shallot Tart Tatin with parmesan custard, lemon and thyme dressing and red vein sorrel.

Main Course

Lamb cutlets with braised shoulder of lamb served with sticky red cabbage and baby turnips.

Vegetarian alternative main course

Spinach, parmesan and broad bean risotto garnished with citrus jelly and purple basil.


Chocolate delice with blackberries and honeycomb.

Cheese Selection

Local and artisan cheeses, fruit chutney, grapes & celery. The cheese course will be served in the latter part of the afternoon, paired with the heavier red wines.


Your wine school host

The afternoon will be hosted by our Founder, Richard Smith, who will share with you some of his twenty five years knowledge of all things wine as well as some anecdotes (but alas, no secrets) from his time as a butler. Richard trained at one of the world’s finest hotels and is proud to have advised several members of the British Royal Family and a number of international heads of state and celebrities. Richard has recently been featured in The Daily Mail and Cheshire Life magazine and he regularly writes for The Taster magazine and During our Saturday wine schools in Chester you’ll get to meet either Paul or Doug too. Find out more about the team here.

Date & Time

Saturday 9th. September 2017, 12.30 – 3.30pm (approx.)

Timings are approximate and subject to change


The Wine School of Cheshire at Restaurant 1539, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY.

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The pedestrian entrance to Restaurant 1539 is at 9 Nuns Road, Chester, CH1 2LY.

Access to Restaurant 1539 for customers with special access requirements is via a lift from the car park: proceed through the tunnel under the restaurant, bearing left. The lift is located directly in front of you.

Important Information & allergens

Spittoons will be available for any participants wishing to use them – this is of course optional! However we ask all attending to drink responsibly and strongly advise you do not drive after the event. Visit for the facts.

In accordance with the law, all persons attending our events must be over 18 years of age. Admission will be refused if suitable age verification photo ID cannot be provided upon our request and under these circumstances we regret that a refund will be not be possible.

We strongly advise that you do not drive on the day, however if it necessary to do so free parking is available at the racecourse for restaurant guests. There is a charge of £10 to leave vehicles overnight. Please advise us on arrival if you are driving.

Food allergens: we understand that some guests may have specific food allergies and we are always able to provide alternative ingredients and, if required, alternative dishes to ensure your food and wine pairing experience is enjoyable. We do require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the event start time to ensure our venues are able to access the appropriate ingredients and appreciate your understanding and kind assistance when this is necessary.

Sulphites: Please be aware as we are a wine school that wine is served at all our events and all wines produced do contain sulphites. We endeavour to feature wines where additional sulphites are not added by the winemaker or transporter, however UK legislation requires that all wines are correctly labeled as containing sulphites as these are produced in small quantities naturally during fermentation. If you suffer from a sulphite allergy we will be unable to offer any alternatives to wine and this must be considered before booking. We regret that a refund will not be available if we are informed of a sulphite allergy after your booking has been completed. Please refer to our full terms and conditions for further reference.


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