It’s English Wine Week and patriotic on-trade venues across the country are getting involved in raising awareness and celebrating a growing industry.
Read on for a rundown of some of the highlights still to come.
All week: The Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford will be serving a selection of wines by the glass from Oxfordshire’s Bothy Vineyard for its visitors to enjoy by the river.
The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth has put together tasting menus paired with English wines.
Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex is listing several wines from three local vineyards: Nyetimber, Bolney Wine Estate and Denbies Wine Estate. These will be offered in the hotel’s Anderida Restaurant.
Bumpkin Restaurant’s two London branches in Notting Hill and South Kensington are celebrating English wines all month, listing 10 by the glass or bottle, available at a discount.
The Penny Black in Chelsea, London, has put together a special menu of seasonal British food, designed to match its selection of English wines from Biddenden Vineyard, Chapel Down Wines and Nyetimber.
Roast in Borough Market, London, is offering a special food and wine pairing each day. Today’s is the Chapel Down unoaked Chardonnay with English asparagus and fairy ring mushrooms.
Dukes Hotel in St James’s, London, has joined forces with Chapel Down Wines to offer a selection of the producer’s still and sparkling wines by the glass in The Dining Room.
Wednesday, 1 June: Artisan & Vine in Clapham, London, is hosting an “English Wine Open Bottle Session” allowing guests to try each of the English Wines it sells – around 25 wines from 15 producers. The session runs from 7pm-10pm and tickets cost £20. For more information visit http://www.artisanandvine.com
Friday, 3 June: The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is organising a private tour of local vineyard, Welcombe Hills. This will be followed by a three course lunch, paired with Welcombe Hills wines, back at the hotel.
For further details visit http://www.theardenhotelstratford.com
The White Swan on Fetter Lane, London is hosting an “Asparagus and English Wines Evening”. Each of its five courses, created from English ingredients, will be matched to an English wine.
For further details on vineyard visits, special events and other initiatives taking place during the week, visit http://www.englishwineweek.co.uk