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Kent Vineyards & Wine

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Kent has world class wines and vineyards in the area. Below are a selection of local ones and a link to a review of some of them: http://www.kent-life.co.uk/food-drink/7-of-the-best-vineyard-tours-in-kent-1-4730204  

Barnsole Vineyard Grapes Black and White

Barnsole Vineyard

Barnsole Vineyard is situated in the pretty village of Staple, which is between the Cirque – port town of Deal and the historic City of Canterbury. It was here, just down the road in the Roman Fort of Richborough, that the very first Pinot Noir arrived with the Legions in 44 AD. Barnsole Vineyard has continued the two thousand year old tradition by growing Pinot Noir, they have also added other varieties of grape which results in the finest beautifully rounded English wines.

The Vineyard producers enjoy passing on not just the knowledge they have gained but the passion they have for the wine itself. Their enthusiasm is infectious, genuine and well meant. There are two tours available – the first is the mini tour where you can just drop in anytime and have a 20 minute tour plus you can still wine taste and purchase any bottles of wine that may tickle your taste-buds. For the connoisseurs amongst you, there is a full tour which will need to be booked and lasts approximately one hour. The full tour costs £11 per adult however, it is well worth the cost. On arrival you are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, told about the history and the Romans, shown around the Vineyard and the Winery before again, tasting the wines on offer. You are, of course, allowed to purchase as many bottles of your favourite wines as you please. How can you resist the temptation?

http://www.barnsole.co.uk/visits.html

Distance – 10 miles

3 Bottles Gusbourne Wines

Gusbourne Vineyard

Gusbourne Vineyard is one of the new generation of wine makers who hold onto the age-old traditions of making wine whilst adding new technology to try to make a difference. They endeavour to make a great wine into an extraordinary wine. The Gusbourne Estate itself dates back to the 1410 however, in 2004 Mr Andrew Weeber took over the estate with only one clear thought in his mind – to make the best English sparkling wine he could, a wine which could stand up against any other wine in the world. In 2010, they produced their first vintages, which were released to critical acclaim giving Gusbourne Vineyard an instant reputation as a producer of fine wines. They have continued to build on this reputation, remembering the vision they started with in 2004 which was to make “The Best Wine” in England that can take on the wines of the world.

If you are on a day out in and around the “Garden of England” and visiting many sites and attractions it is worth calling in to take a look at the way the wine is produced on the Gusbourne Vineyard Estate in Appledore. You can self-guide with a glass of wine or two and relax and enjoy Appledores medieval history. For a day out it is well worth a visit.

https://www.gusbourne.com/

Distance – 35 Miles

Biddenden Vineyards Grape Vines visit-us

Biddenden Vineyard

Biddenden Vineyard was established in 1969 and since then it has built up a reputation for fine wines and has won many awards. The vineyard produces not just wine but also juices and cider. Originally, the Barnes family only produced cider on their 40 acre estate however, with apple prices falling in the late 1960’s they decided to diversify and planted vines in  one third of an acre. They have successfully grown and expanded the vineyard into the 23 acres you see today. On the gently sloped south facing vineyard there are eleven different types of grape grown, this is the beginning of the production process of the award winning wines White, Rose`, Red and sparkling wines. The vineyard produces 80,000 bottles of wine per year and all the work is carried out by hand, with harvest running from mid-September through to November.

It is possible to visit the vineyard when passing, you can just call in and take a free self-guided tour around the vineyard. Just remember if the weather has not been to good lately to wear the correct footwear such as Wellington boots for those wet conditions. There are guided tours available with minimum numbers of people taking the tour. The vineyard is situated just outside the Wealden village of Biddenden. There are lots of other things you may buy there that they have on offer including artisan foods such as cheese, preserves, locally brewed beer and chutneys to name a few. All can be bought in the coffee shop.

https://biddendenvineyards.com/

Distance – 39 Miles

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Chapel Down Vineyard

Chapel Down Vineyard is situated just outside the picturesque village of Tenterden and is open to visitors all year round. Recognised as one of the world’s leading wine makers, Chapel Down puts its vineyard to very good use supplying such culinary icons as Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver. Not only do they supply top chefs because they also supply Great British Institutions such as The Royal Opera House and The Barbican and No.10 Downing Street. If you frequent the Oxford and Cambridge boat race or Ascot horse racing you are likely to drink Chapel Down Wine.

Guided tours can be taken between March and November. The tour includes a visit to the famous vineyard and winery where you will see and be shown the wine making process. This is followed by the best part of the tour – the tutored wine tasting experience where you will be able to sample the range of both still and sparkling wines. The tour takes approximately 1hr and 45 minutes to complete and you are free to ask questions as you go. If you wish to make the experience something to remember there is also a high class restaurant on site where you can enjoy a 3 course meal and a glass of Chapel Down Wine which would be the perfect way to round off a memorable visit.

https://www.chapeldown.com/

Distance – 42 Miles

Other Notable Vineyards

Woodchurch Wine Estate
www.woodchurchwine.co.uk

The Mount Vineyard
www.themountvineyard.co.uk

Hush Heath Estate and Winery
www.hushheath.com

Shopping in Broadstairs

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Take a stroll around Broadstairs and take in its traditional High Street, which is always a pleasant experience. The town is vibrant and diverse with many different shopping outlets from fishmongers to shoe shops and wedding shops to greengrocers – Broadstairs has it all. To experience shopping in Broadstairs you will need to venture onto the High Street, The Broadway, Albion Street, Harbour Street, Charlotte Street and York Street as these are the main shopping areas. 

Fresh Food & Produce

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The Broadway is where the local renowned Fishmongers Fruit de Mer sell wonderfully fresh fish. They have several deliveries of fresh fish a day straight from the local boats and onto the display shelves you – you cannot get much fresher or environmentally friendly than that.

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If you fancy a bottle of wine with your fish, you just need to cross the road to The Offy, which is an independent off-license. There are also several high street supermarkets outlets within the town such as Tesco, Co-Op and Budgens. Fresh Fruit and vegetables can be found at two High Street shops, they are Prentis and Hinge of London both sell quality produce.

Desserts and Cakes

There are also a number of Bakeries such as Crusties and The Old Bakehouse where you can rest up and have a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry of your choice. There are three butchers on high street – Brogdale the Butcher, Hazells and Rooks offering a wide selection of fresh, locally sourced meats.

Fashion, Clothing & Antiques

Broadstairs has not been left behind in the fashion stakes either. Recently opened are two ladies boutiques known as The Boutique and La de Da Boutique. However, in between these two new boutiques is Kerry’s Boutique who caters for the larger sized garments.

Teddy Luggage Antiques

If you venture along to Charlotte Street you will see Antiquarian Antiques, Bottleneck Off-license, Peter’s Shoe Repairs and Key cutting services. On this street, there is a great new shop that has just opened named Kits that sells brand new fashion clothes, gifts and housewares suited to both men and women. Their stock is minimal, elegant, and very classy but will not break the bank if you decide to buy.

Gold Crystall Jewellry

When you leave Kits cross the road to G.M. Arrowsmith with its original signage. There you will find gifts and crystal jewellery and downstairs there is a Women and Children’s clothing Department. Broadstairs has lots more to offer with its Antiques, Painting Galleries, Photographic Galleries, Jewellers and quaint seaside gift shops.

Westwood Cross Shopping Complex

https://westwoodx.co.uk/shops

Westwood Cross is an out of town Shopping and Leisure Complex. There are free car parking spaces for 1,500 vehicles and 46 stores within the complex with the main stores being Marks and Spencer’s and Debenhams.

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For the Ladies there are many outlets for fashion including JD, Next, Outfit, Primark, New Look, River Island, Select and T.K. Max. If you then require accessories to go with your new designer clothes there are stores such as Clare’s, Design 29 and Monsoon. If its footwear you’re after then Clark’s, Debenhams, JD, DW and Next are there to assist you.

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If the Gentlemen are looking to spoil their partners why not take look around Clinton’s and Thornton’s who can resist a box of chocolates. Health and beauty is very important to the ladies so a wander around Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, The Body Shop and The Perfume Shop will leave you feeling refreshed and happy!

If you are a little hungry by this stage you can eat in one of the many Café’s, Bars or Restaurants such as  Ask Italia, Cafe Rouge, Cafe Nero, Chiquito, Five Guys, Frankie & Benny’s, Nandos, Greggs, Subway, Costa Coffee and Coffee Corner. There is something for everyone.

If you are on the look out for a piece of jewellery for that special occasion or special person then Ernest Jones and H. Samuel are both great choices.

Westwood Cross is also a leisure facility so if you are feeling a little more energetic why not join the DW Sport and fitness club. There are classes to suit all ages and abilities and there are even kid’s fitness classes. If you like a dance, swim, yoga, Pilates or fight training it is all here.

If the Ladies would like a hairdresser or the gents need a barber they are available in the club as well. There is also a relaxation area with a steam room and a sauna as well as a lounge area where you can have a hot drink and relax.

Within the complex, there is a Mecca Bingo, which brings great games, great prizes and a bit of fun. For the people who like a night out there is a Grosvenor Casino where you can relax play whatever table you wish, have a drink and a meal.

If you are a Cinema buff then this is the place for you. Vue has 10 cinemas all screening various different films so why not grab your Coke and popcorn choose the film you wish to view and relax.

Distance – 2 miles.