Houghtons Winery Café has come alongside in leaps and bounds since being taken over by Herb Faust a yr or so in the past – producing good high quality, nicely cooked meals, at nice costs, and in a pretty and interesting setting – the garden and gardens of this historic vineyard are amongst the best in the Valley.
Four of us set off on a tour of a few of the wineries final week and commenced at Houghtons – after a style of two in the tasting room we settled in at the café, underneath the pergola and with a bottle of their Crofters Cabernet Merlot –from the Frankland it’s all plums, blackcurrants and spice on the nostril, chocolate and mulberries on the palate – we settled in to order lunch.
A few us ordered from the share plate part – whiting and pork terrine – whereas the different two went for a selection from the mains on supply – a burger and beef shoulder.
The sluggish cooked beef got here with roasted pumpkin, sage flavoured butter and a mildly spicy peppercorn jus – the meat tender and succulent – superbly seasoned – a superb dish.
The burger – a Black Angus patty and crisply fried bacon together with beetroot relish was all you may have wished for from a burger – and a beneficiant measurement at that – and was served with a heap of properly fried chips, fluffy inside, crisp and cruncyh out.
Juicy whiting was deep fried in a nutty chickpea flour batter and served with saffron labnah and sprinkled with fennel flavoured salt – one other nicely turned out dish.
And lastly a plate of Pork terrine, crunchy bitter house pickles and char grilled sourdough – a platter of delights.
The meals and wine was wonderful, the surrounds so enjoyable on considered one of the final sunny days of the season – the café at Houghtons is a should in case you are in search of mild, recent properly cooked meals in an off-the-cuff environment when out and about in the fantastic Swan Valley.