6 English Vineyards with a Good Pub close by
It’s simply not practical for all vineyards to offer food, but if you’re heading a distance to collect your vineyard treasure or just fancy a nice day out, we thought the inside track on a good pub might help, so we’ve had a chat with a few vineyards to get their recommendations for a proper English pub.
The cellar door at Bluebell Vineyards in Sussex is open every weekend to taste & buy wine. Although some pre-booked tour options include cheeseboard, they don’t have a café & recommend a trip to The Sloop Inn on Scayne’s Hill, which is only 5 minutes away. In fact they like it so much that you can even book a tour at the vineyard that includes a pub lunch at The Sloop.
Not far from Alresford in Hampshire is Hattingley Valley vineyard. They recommend the Yew Tree and since it’s between the vineyard and their winery, I think it’s safe to say that it’s undergone pretty rigorous testing! In fact we’ve been there too, and the home cooked food is excellent. Hattingley don’t have a shop, as such, but tours run all winter at weekends and you can always call with an order during weekday working hours and collect from the office.
Over in the Cotswolds, you’ll find Poulton Hill Estate, who have recently opened their cellar door on weekdays, and by appointment on Saturdays. The Village Pub (great name!) at Barnsley is just 15 minutes away by car and serves Poulton Hill’s wines by the glass and the bottle. Don’t think you can make it that far? Just find 4 or 5 friends and you can hire the whole North Wing and stay over at the vineyard!
Astley Vineyard is in Worcestershire and open Friday to Sunday for tastings and purchases from the cellar door. They recommend the Hampstall Inn, a recently renovated riverside pub just a mile from the vineyard. The pub doesn’t seem to have embraced the world of the internet and social media, so we suggest going to the vineyard first and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.
If you’re looking for wine and food in Wiltshire, pop into a’Beckett’s Vineyard on the edge of Salisbury Plain to try their wide selection of wines and apple juices. Owner Paul will be happy to tell you all about the wines and the heritage orchard. Once you’ve done your shopping, head over to the Green Dragon in Market Lavington, just a few minutes’ drive away.
Stopham Estate in Sussex pride themselves on producing wines with “precision and passion”; with a background as a Formula 1 engineer, that’s something owner & winemaker Simon knows all about. Tours of the vineyard run March to October and lunch at the nearby White Hart on the river at nearby Stopham Bridge (pictured above) can be included. Out of season, you’ll have to contact the vineyard to arrange to collect your order.
More vineyards are coming in with ideas, so here’s a bonus number 7 for you!
Chartham Vineyard are in Kent and tell us they have a lovely 700 year old village pub called The Artichoke located in the centre of the village a few hundred yards from the vineyard. The vineyard currently has no facility for serving food, so they send visitors along there and receive very favourable reports. Chartham Vineyard is right next to a railway station of the same name, so this sounds like a great outing.
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