Houghtons Winery Café has come along in leaps and bounds since being taken over by Herb Faust a year or so ago – producing good quality, well cooked food, at great prices, and in an attractive and appealing environment – the lawn and gardens of this historic winery are among the best in the Valley.
Four of us set off on a tour of some of the wineries last week and began at Houghtons – after a taste of two in the tasting room we settled in at the café, under the pergola and with a bottle of their Crofters Cabernet Merlot –from the Frankland it is all plums, blackcurrants and spice on the nose, chocolate and mulberries on the palate – we settled in to order lunch.
A couple of us ordered from the share plate section – whiting and pork terrine – while the other two went for a choice from the mains on offer – a burger and beef shoulder.
The slow cooked beef came with roasted pumpkin, sage flavoured butter and a mildly spicy peppercorn jus – the meat tender and succulent – beautifully seasoned – an excellent dish.
The burger – a Black Angus patty and crisply fried bacon along with beetroot relish was all you could have wished for from a burger – and a generous size at that – and was served with a heap of nicely 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 – another well turned out dish.
And finally a plate of Pork terrine, crunchy sour house pickles and char grilled sourdough – a platter of delights.
The food and wine was excellent, the surrounds so relaxing on one of the last sunny days of the season – the café at Houghtons is a must if you are looking for light, fresh well cooked food in a casual atmosphere when out and about in the wonderful Swan Valley.