A bit of a foodie heaven, by Valley News Undercover

I have to admit I thought it felt a little like an experiment as we took our table at Salisbury’s fairly new Wine and Cheese Bar: was it really a top idea to hoover up several plates, or slates as it turned out, of cheese only a few hours before bedtime? Conscious of the possibility of bad dreams I… er, um….. forced down several glasses of red wine for good measure.

Maul’s in Fish Row, just behind Salisbury’s Guildhall, labels itself an ‘Independent Boutique Family-Run Bar’. Essentially, it is a bit of a foodie heaven if you are into your cheeses, paté, cured meats and fine wine. The wine list spans the usual global players including France, Germany, and Italy, but includes South Africa, Portugal, Brazil and a refreshingly good number from England too.

Maul’s Wine and Cheese Bar, 3 Fish Row. Salisbury

Family favourites are listed on the cheese board but it is good to put on the adventurous hat and try something new – which is something you can certainly do at Maul’s. Wiltshire Manchego anyone? What about Welsh Garlic and Herb Goat’s Cheese, Little Bo-Peep, or a superb French Camembert?

The excellent range of meats includes smoked mutton plus delicious pates, all served with pickles, chutneys and crackers. The staff are very well-versed with the menu and are happy to give guidance on gluten-free and other food allergies. On our table of six, we decided to have two slates to include a cheese and meat we all knew we liked, and then add several that we had never tried before. It worked so well that over the next two hours, we had another slate, and bottle (a rather tasty Morande Pionero Merlot form Chile)…

With the low ambient light boosted by twinkly fairy lights Maul’s has a very welcoming and comfortable feel, but head upstairs if you want to get away from the bustle of the bar area, where large tables can easily seat eight people. Just watch the stairs on the way down.

By the way – the several glasses of wine did the trick and kept the bad dream goblins away.

Maul’s Wine and Cheese Bar, 3 Fish Row. Salisbury 01722 416575. Closed Sunday/Monday. www.maulswinebar.com

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