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Where To Celebrate English Wine Week

Wine lovers are about to think all their Christmases have come at once, because this Saturday marks the start of English Wine Week, providing the perfect excuse to indulge in a glass or two. We’ve whittled down some of the best places in the UK to raise a glass to the humble English grape…

The Shed, The Rabbit, Nutbourne

Throughout English Wine Week, The Gladwin restaurants – The Shed in Notting Hill, Rabbit in Chelsea and newly opened Nutbourne, Battersea – will open their doors for the ultimate English wine tasting experience. The Gladwin Brothers – who champion the best sustainable British produce and make their own English wines from their vineyard in West Sussex – will be hosting The Nutbourne Experience, where wine lovers can taste the delights of their estate. Go on a ‘tour of the vineyard’ with the Gladwin’s wine flight; look forward to Nutty Wild, Bacchus, Hedgerow and Nutbourne Sussex Reserve – alongside some of the best British sharing plates in the capital.

The Shed, Notting Hill; Rabbit, Chelsea; Nutbourne, Battersea

 

Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent

One of England’s leading winemakers, Kent’s Chapel Down estate produces a wide range of sparkling, red, rosé and white wines as well as beers and ciders. Plus, it’s in a beautiful setting in the countryside, surrounded by lush greenery and thick woodlands. The winery is open year round from 10am – 5pm, and guided tours are on offer from March to November, so if you’re looking to head to the heart of the action for English Wine Week, this is the place to do it. Visitors can also dine in their modern British restaurant or take a walk around the herb garden.

Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden Vineyard, High Weald AONB, Small Hythe Rd, Tenterden TN30 7NG

Visit ChapelDown.com

 

London Shell Co.

For a romantic wine tasting experience, hop aboard Paddington’s Prince Regent, where you’ll set sail along Regent’s Canal whilst enjoying a delicious seafood supper. With a great selection of English wines, and with Sommelier Harry at the helm, wine lovers are in good hands – he formerly worked at Pollen Street Social, so knows a thing or two about picking the perfect bottle. Some recommendations to look out for? Hattingley Valley’s English sparkling – toasty and refreshing with notes of apple; Albourne Estate White Pinot Noir – an unusual, yet incredibly tasty, white Pinot Noir with a cherry blossom finish; and Balfour Rosé – a luxurious, award-winning wine that has subtle notes of spice and ginger, and tastes divine with strawberries and cream.

The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, Paddington

Visit LondonShellCo.com

 

Ockenden Manor, West Sussex

In celebration of English Wine Week, Ockenden Manor will be launching an opulent tasting menu, served alongside a carefully selected flight of local wines. Wine and food lovers alike can sit down to a sumptuous six-course taster menu – expect smoked mackerel, hand dived scallop and Trenchmore Farm beef – each matched with a different wine sourced from surrounding Sussex vineyards. Make a weekend of it and book into one of the luxurious rooms, that way, you just need to stumble upstairs if you’ve had a few too many…

Six-course tasting menu with wine flight is £140 per person; overnight stays at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa are from £199 per night, based on two sharing a Standard Room, mid-week, on a B&B basis.

Visit HSHotels.co.uk

 

Vinoteca

Vinoteca’s bustling wine bar is throwing open its cellar doors to celebrate the best of the UK’s home-grown wines. On Tuesday 30th May, Founders Brett Woonton and Charlie Young will be hosting a free “Tasting Tuesday” session at their King’s Cross outpost, where wine connoisseurs and novices alike can sample six English wines from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. And for the entire duration of English Wine Week, they’ll also be offering a limited edition English wine flight at each of their London venues. Guests can sample a glass of Bolney Bubbly Sparkling Wine, a 2014 Pinot Blanc from the Stopham Estate and the 2015 Redlands from Denbies Estate, for just £13.50.

Vinoteca King’s Cross, Soho, Farringdon, Marylebone and Chiswick

Visit Vinoteca.co.uk

 

Roast

With the tagline “Deliciously British”, this is where to go for good English grub. But equally as impressive is the extensive wine list, stocking home-grown vintages from all over the country. They’ve got an entire menu dedicated to English bottles, and not just sparkling, either – though they’ve got a lot of that if you’re partial. Take the chance to try one of their still white, rosé or red wines.

The Floral Hall, Stoney Street SE1 1T

Visit Roast-Restaurant.com

 

The OXO Tower

With glorious views stretching across the River Thames, this sky-high Harvey Nichols restaurant ticks all the boxes, particularly during the summer when you can sit outside on the sunny outdoor terrace. A picture-perfect setting to work your way through their vast selection of English wine. Jewels in this year’s collection include Wiston Brut NV, Hattingley Valley Rosé and Gusbourne Pinot Noir, all available by the glass.

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH

Visit HarveyNichols.com

 

Kingscote Estate, East Grinstead

An idyllic spot for weddings and private parties, the 150-acre Kingscote Estate boasts vineyards, apple orchards and an impressive winery that specialises in a wide range of Kingscote wines and ‘cyder’. Celebrate English Wine week with a Kingscote vineyard tour, alongside a spot of wine tasting, and there’s also clay pigeon shooting and fishing – if either of those take your fancy. More of a foodie? Book into cookery classes in the 15th-century Tithe Barn.

Mill Place Farm, Vowels Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4LG

Visit KingscoteEstate.com

 

Ormer Mayfair

Boasting one of London’s largest English wine collections, Ormer Mayfair will be showcasing the best of the country’s home-grown grapes. Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin and Head Sommelier Andreas Rosendale have created a stunning five-course tasting menu bursting with fresh, seasonal dishes, all inspired by the shores of Jersey and carefully paired with some of the best wines England has to offer.

Ormer Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH, English tasting menu available from 27th May until 10th June, £150pp

Visit ShaunRankin.com

 

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