On Saturday night I went with a group of friends from work to a Christmas in July at the Wandering Brook Estate Winery.
The set entree was a Prawn Cocktail, which I am not overly fond of, so I gave mine to someone else. 1/3 of the group felt the same way, and it was a pity no alternative was offered. At this stage we pulled the Christmas crackers, which contained the usual hat, lame jokes, and some stickers instead of trinkets.
Following the entree was 'free' wine tastings, and I have to say the Vintage Port and 2002 Soft White were very nice (for a non-wine drinker who prefers sweeter wines on the odd occasion I do have some). The prices for those who wanted to take home a bottle were $14 and $12 respectively.
The main course followed 45 minutes later and consisted of three slices of 'turkey' (which I would swear was chicken), one slice of ham, one floret of cauliflower cheese, a scoop of sliced boiled carrot, a scoop of boiled beans, two small baked potatoes and one quarter of a ring of pineapple.
It all tasted OK, but there was very little of any of it. The ham was covered in gravy, which made the cranberry sauce on the table more than a bit redundant, and all in all it wasn't an overly Christmassy meal.
Dessert was a 5x5cm slice of plum pudding sitting in a watery Brandy sauce with a dollop of cream. Once again it wasn't bad, it just wasn't very plentiful or anything exciting to write home about.
Final bill for the night was $26 for the meal. I would have to say that I think the cost of the 'free' tastings came out of the meal.
5/10 because it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good and they weren't generous serves either.