South East England

Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, E & W Sussex

Sparkling Vineyard Tour & Gallery Dinner

Location: 
Denbies Wine Estate
11 August 2011 - 27 August 2011

Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés at the top of Ranmore Common overlooking the might of Box Hill and the town of Dorking in the comfort of the Vineyard Train, before heading back to Denbies for a three-course dinner matched with wine in the Gallery Restaurant overlooking the vineyard.

11 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £55; £50 Loyalty Club members

Glynde Food & English Wine Festival 2012

14 July 2011 - 15 July 2011

Food and drinks lovers in the south-east will be spoilt for choice at the Glynde Food & English Wine Festival this weekend. Set in the beautiful grounds of 16th centrury Glynde Place, this year there's award-winning wines from 18 wineries, plus top-class chefs including John Torode and MasterChef winners Dhruv Baker and Tim Anderson, and new this year, The Kitchen Academy for the kids.

Westerham Brewery

Located in a picturesque old dairy building belonging to the National Trust, Westerham brewery is presided over by owner and head brewer Robert Wicks, who established the operation in 2004.

Wicks is big on eco-credentials, and you’ll learn about all of them on a tour around the brewery. Westerham Brewery supports the organic hop garden at nearby Scotney Castle (also a lovely place to visit if you’re in the area) and can lay claim to launching one of the first Fairtrade beers on draught – William Wilberforce Freedom Ale.

  • Tours
  • Shop
  • Clubs
  • Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives

Dark Star Brewing Co.

The Dark Star Brewing company began its life in the mid-90s in the cellar of The Evening Star pub in Brighton, where their constantly changing range of seasonal beers proved so popular that by 2001 they realised it was high time to move into a purpose-built brewery outside the city.

Named after an early Grateful Dead classic, Dark Star are now situated in the village of Partridge Green, just west of Horsham, where visitors can team a Saturday visit to the brewery with a leisurely lunch in their brewery tap, The Partridge, only a few hundred yards away.

  • Tours
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives

Harveys Georgian Dragon

Living up to its Ruby Ale description, Harveys Georgian Dragon is delightfully bright in the glass, offering aromas of apricots and ripe peaches, followed through by light caramel notes and a medium hoppy bitterness on the finish. I didn’t know maestro brewer Miles Jenner was a keen palaentologist too,

£1.11/275ml; £1.87/500ml; available from Harveys' shops in Midhurst and Lewes and online. But don't delay – it's a seasonal beer, so once it's gone it's gone!

Gusbourne Rosé

Wild strawberries on the nose, the bubbles in Gusbourne's Rosé are both fine and lively. Full of raspberry, cherries and strawberries, this has lasting texture and a mouthwatering finish.

£24.99; available from Gusbourne online shop

Rough Old Wife Cidery

Rough Old Wife is a family-friendly cidery and they welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun of apple picking, loading, barrelling or pressing. They have an on-site B&B and their very own farm cottage to let for people who are interested in making a holiday of helping out at the cidery.

Tours explain the day to day operation of the working artisanal cidery, the traditional fermentation methods and the methods of maturation in oak barrels.

  • Tours
  • Bar
  • Shop
  • Clubs
  • Wheelchair Access

Hook Norton Open Day

Location: 
Hook Norton
18 June 2011 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Come and join the good folk at Hook Norton for an Open Day with a difference. As well as a chance to see inside this historic tower brewery with its fabulous still working steam engien, there will be vintage cars and World War II vehicles on display. Extra special guests includea group of police dogs who will be putting on a display.

As well as hot food, on the beer front, there are tutored tastings plus an outside bar. Enjoy!

£5 ticket fee.

Plumpton Estate The Dean Blush

This year's Plumpton's Dean Blush is sprightlier than usual, but then winemaker Peter Morgan has taken a slightly different tack, upping the dosage to leave a little more residual sugar.

With its scents of raspberry notes and elegant bubbles, this is ideal whether rain or shine. So don't wait for the sun to shine – here's all the holiday feeling you're going to need.

Tutts Clump Traditional Farmhouse

Tutts Clump are fairly unusual in the way that they shun cider apples in favour of extolling the virtues of eating, cooking and crab apples for their products. The result, perhaps unsurprisingly, is something which doesn't immediately showcase any immediate cider traits.

6%/500ml/£42 for a case of 12. Available from Middle Farm Cider & Perry Collection, direct from the Buy Cider website and the Cider Club UK website, as well as from selected outlets in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey