Matthew Clark food and drink pairings


We’re lucky to have a great relationship with one of the best drinks experts in the country. Matthew Clark have been working with Racks for a long time now and they really do know their stuff when it comes to pairing food with the perfect drink and unlocking the very best of flavours. Our Gin tasting sessions (or ale) already provide lots of information about flavours and the latest menu at Racks has some amazing flavours of its own and so we’ve invited Matthew Clark to write a guest blog post about choosing that perfect drink to set it off and get your taste buds going wild! So Whether it’s the best Sunday roast Bristol has to offer, an intimate meal for two or a wedding reception party – we’re sure this will help to pair your food and drinks perfectly. Read on to see what they have to say.


Often when dining out, it can be a bit of a nightmare choosing what you are going to drink alongside your meal. When it comes to food and drink pairing, the first thing you should know that is food changes the way drink tastes and vice versa. You can create undesirable reactions through the wrong pairings, but if you pair correctly, then you open a new world of flavour!

We (Matthew Clark), provide all the alcohol sold at Rack’s restaurant. Not only do we wholesale drinks to restaurants and bars but we also have in-house experts who know exactly what to pair a good burger or salad with! So, we decided to take a look at the Rack’s menu and pair with some of our finest drinks.

Beer Suggestions

  • The Racks Burger with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Crisp citrus notes from the hops help to cut through the sweet, caramelised meat of the burger.
  • Halloumi Salad with Hoegaarden – The light refreshing wheat beer helps lift all the flavours without overpowering.
  • Steak Pie with Guinness Dublin Porter. This deep and rich this sweet malt porter, enhances the richness of the gravy whilst allowing the tender meat to come through.
  • Fish and Chips with Duvel. To help cut through the oils of the fish and chips this intense Belgium Ale cleanses the palate ready for the next bite.
  • Roast Beef with Butcombe. British Beef deserves good British Ale and this Butcombe Ale is refreshing, sweet and light to enhance the flavours of a perfectly roasted beef.
  • Brownie with Timmermans. The cherry and chocolate are a match from heaven, think Black Forest Gateaux with every mouthful!

Wine suggestions

  • Chicken Brochettes (with Moroccan spices, chilli, lime and avocado) with either Chateau de Beaulieu, Aix en Provence Rose or Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The berry fruits in the Beaulieu work well with the aromatic spices on the chicken, but the Sauvignon is our top match as the acidity will cut through the spices and the creaminess of the avocado.
  • Lamb Burger with Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel. This wine is great value for money, never disappoints and is a go to favourite for many of the MC staff. This is a good match because zinfandel works well with rich meats and it also has quite smooth tannins so won’t clash with the bun or the condiments that accompany the burger. Just lots of smooth rich delicious fruit.

We hope you enjoy sampling our suggestions!
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The Matthew Clark team


Now that you’ve got some expert advice from Matthew Clark you’ll be fuelled to order with confidence at Racks. Book a table and come and try these fantastic pairings at Racks!

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