Two of life’s great pleasures...
Along with the growth of small drinks producers up and down the land, artisan cheesemaking is seeing a strong revival. Julian Barnes, winemaker at Biddenden Vineyards has joined with local award-winners, Winterdale Cheesemakers so you can find out how both cheese and wine are made by booking up for Biddenden’s group tour.
Start at Biddenden with a tour, tasting and – appropriately enough – a ploughman’s platter, before heading across Kent to Winterdale in the North Downs. Although the Betts family have only been selling their cheese since the 2006, their family has been farming since the late 15th century. See round the dairy and cave and finish up with a cream tea.
The cheese, likened to Cheddar in style, swiftly won awards after its birth. It also has one of the lowest carbon footprints thanks to founder Robin Betts nifty production protocol.
- Group tour, Biddenden & Winterdale, Min 15, £23.70
As well as its regular ticketed day tours, Biddenden also runs a succession of free tours, roughly every fortnight, and has its annual Best of Kent fundraiser for Kent Air Ambulance coming up in early June.