Little Vines is the offspring of Little Guildford and is set among the vine covered gazebos, overlooking the lawns and paddocks down to the river, behind Louie’s Pizzeria in Swan Street – you get to it through the covered laneway where we Louie’s patrons setup when the rain comes.
Fairy lights add sparkle to the vines; rustic tables, chairs and benches provide seating across a couple of levels. Towards the entry of the space is a small bar and ordering area with black boarded menus and wine lists, beers on tap, and local spirits.
A plate of salt and pepper squid really hit the spot – well crisped, with a healthy dash of pepper and some hints of lime, the squid was succulent and tender – really was an enjoyable dish.
Along with this the cheese slider also impressed – the burger juicy, lots of melting cheese and a piquant sauce providing a little zestiness. Good tucker.
Impressively, the wine list showcases wines of the Swan Valley – with Riverbank, Houghton, Talijancich, Faber, Kosovich, Sittella, Mann, Lamont and Oakover all making an appearance. We stuck to the excellent Small Batch rosé from Houghton by the glass – crisp, dry and elegant with flavours of pomegranates and raspberries.
Only open for a couple of nights a week at this stage, Little Vines adds another drinking and eating spot along Swan Street/Terrace Road and at this time of the year while we are still enjoying clear and balmy nights it is sure to grow in popularity as the word spreads – having said that it was full when we were there, as was Louie’s out the front – sitting under the glittering lights among the vines with good wine and simple, well prepared fare.