Vinothec Compass - Greenwich Peninsular -

'Vinothec Compas' is a new restaurant and wine cellar/bar/library attached to the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range near the O2.


When we first moved to Greenwich, in the days prior the Dome, we were greeted by two neighbours who knocked on the door one evening, complete with a bottle of wine, large smiles and a couple of chairs. "It's a street tradition," we were told during a conversation which involved a lot of golf-talk.

Barbara had recently taken up golf, little by little, her enthusiasm spread and many more neighbours joined her at the local golf club. Needless to say that he and I stayed well away. Both thinking along the same lines, He: "This looks to much like sport, I don't do sport". I: "This is a sport of no interest since it doesn't involve water".

Therefore when last month, I told Barbara that we were going to the brand new Greenwich Peninsular 60 bays golf driving range, she almost fell off her chair. I had to quickly explain that we had kindly been invited to the launch party of Vinothec Compass, the restaurant attached to the golf driving range. Her balance was restored.

But on arrival, we couldn't help it, though optional, we grabbed a club each and under the expert eye of a puzzled coach, demonstrated that sports and moreover exercise on land will never ever be our forte. Though we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially since, by some kind of miracle, it didn't involve any casualty and was rewarded by a glass Pol Roger Champagne accompanied by  artichokes amuse-bouches prepared in the open kitchen overseen by Michelin trained Chef Jordi Rovira Segovia and chef  Daniel Rodriguez Navas.
 
Artichoke like salsify isn't a vegetable favoured by restaurateurs, rarely making an appearance on menus,  therefore these unusual canap├ęs bide well for the rest of the tasting menu. Indeed it was a gastronomic experience which I highly recommend if you are passing near the O2. It's well worth stopping at the Vinothec Compass. The baby squid was perfectly cooked (which is an art in itself), I can honestly say that it was the best I ever had. The suckling pig with piquillo peppers was a delight. Sweet things are not forgotten, the mini tarte Tatin produced on request was very nice too.

But food is not all, as this is a restaurant with a cave attached or vice-versa. One of the founder Arnaud Compass who introduced himself as Wine Raconteur has created a paradise for wine lovers. Over 600 wines will definitely attract more than golfers. The emphasis focuses on unusual wines from all over the world. 

I didn't know that wine was produced in Morocco but the Tempranillo I tried made me regret this oversight. If Compass and team focus on small producers, they also offer the more familiar wines at a price starting at less than a fiver per glass to bottles costing over £100. The beer drinkers are not forgotten, Vinothec Compass has a range of craft beers too.

More to read:
Vinothec Compass including menu and story

Chris Osbourn's account of the evening: A stroke of genius

and from Foodaholic

Disclaimer: We would like to thank the Vinothec Compass team for inviting us  we enjoyed an evening of golf and menu tasting as a guests of Vinothec Compass. I received no further remuneration to write this post.  I was not expected to write a positive review – all views are my own. I retain full editorial control.
 
 
Vinothec Compass Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato





 

1 comment:

Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla said...

Who knew that place like this hides in Greenwich!
Sounds and looks lovely... I'm glad to see that you have tried to play golf, I'm not sure I would be so brave :)

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