Pictures from Cheval Blanc’s launch

Here are some fantastic pictures of the official launch of Birmingham’s new wine bar Cheval Blanc.

Guests gathered at the venue – located in the heart of vibrant Moseley Village alongside the Dark Horse – to sample some of the dishes and a range of carefully-selected wines from the list.

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Dishes on the menu include vegetarian, meat and cheese sharing boards and small plates such as tea-smoked duck with orange and black cardamom, Parma ham with pickled asparagus and a salad of chicory, apple, walnut and blue cheese.
The menu and wine list will change regularly.

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The bar and kitchen also serves cocktails and a small range of craft beers.
There is space for 25 covers at the front of Cheval Blanc, with a room at the back with a capacity for 12 and available for private events, private dining and wine tastings.

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The bar features and eye-catching spiral cellar that will keep wines in perfect condition until they are ready to bring up.
Abigail Connolly, until recently sommelier of Michelin-starred Moseley restaurant Carters, is manager.

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She and her team spent months selecting a wine list that will intrigue as well as delight customers.
Many wines are available by the glass as well as bottle.

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Abigail and her team will serve a selection of very fine wines by the glass using a hi-tech Coravin – a syringe-type device that extracts wine by piercing the cork minutely.

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The wine list kicks in at £20 and goes up to £800 for a bottle of 1986 Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of the world’s great wines.
Cheval Blanc is the latest venture of Keith Marsden and his Humble Pub Company, which includes the award-winning Prince of Wales and Dark Horse in Moseley and the recently acquired British Oak, Stirchley, which is undergoing a radical refurb.

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The opening of Cheval Blanc marks a return to the past for Birmingham in some ways.
The city’s last stand-alone wine bar, Horts, closed in 2012 to make way for the £100 million Edgbaston Shopping Centre, marking the end of an era.

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Wine bars such as Horts, Maxwell’s Plum and Hosteria had sprung up in Brum during the 1970s and flourished during the 1980s, introducing a whole generation of revellers to the joys of vino.

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But the original wine bars vanished one by one as more and more pubs began serving wine and, in recent years, craft beer became the trendy tipple of choice.

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Keith Marsden was determined to bring the concept bang up to date.
He said: “There are few things more pleasant than sharing good wine and food with friends or family.

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“But people want more than that – they want quality and new experiences.
“Cheval Blanc is about introducing wine-lovers to new grapes, wine areas and styles of wines as well as brilliant examples of the sorts of wines they already enjoy.”

Cheval Blanc
145 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP. 0121 449 6344