English Wine and Cheese Tour from London

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Duration - 8 hours

CHF 189 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

What could possibly go better together than English wine and English cheese?  Quite simply nothing, they were made for each other!

 This wine tour will consist of a tour and tasting at the award winning Chapel Down Vineyard.  Followed by a picnic lunch amongst the vines with of course a glass of Chapel Down wine.

 Then we head to Silcocks Farm, who are well known for their delicious cheeses and organic produce which is all made right there on the farm. They will introduce you to the cheese making process and organic farming, and then onto the main event…an English Wine and English Cheese pairing with some of our favourite English Wines and English Cheeses.

 You’ll get to sample a selection of some of our favourite English Wine and English cheeses and learn the all important art to pairing food and wine; before having the opportunity to purchase any of the delights we’ve sampled (and more) from the fine food store.

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09:00

CHF 189
p.p. onwards

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: London Bridge Station, London England

Wine Tour Departs opposite London Bridge Station at The English Grounds, SE1 2HU.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Chapel Down, Small Hythe, Tenterden TN30 7NG England

Traveling out of London and across the chalk soil of the Kent North Downs we will make our way through beautiful English countryside and arrive at Chapel Down Winery. Chapel Down is nestled in the 15th century shipbuilding port known as the hamlet of Small Hythe were we will explore the vineyard and learn about English viticulture. You'll enjoy a fully guided tour of the vineyard and winery and learn all about the traditional sparkling winemaking process. Then we head to their tasting room for a guided tasting of their range of English sparkling and still wines. There will be plenty of time to wonder around and browse the wine shop after the tasting.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Bull at Benenden, 5 Orchard Ct, The St, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4DE, UK

Enjoy a delicious lunch made with local produce and love in this charming traditional English Pub in the village of Benenden. Recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 Benenden is steeped in industrial history for both iron-making and cloth-making since the 14th century. The Bull Inn is a traditional old English pub where you can choose from a selection of light lunches all served with a glass of English Wine.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Silcocks Farm Shop and Cafe, Grange Rd, St Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6TL, UK

Silcocks Farm is a pure organic farm where quality and goodness thrives! Here we learn all about the cheese making process and get to try Silcock's famous cheeses. We will enter the milk production diary and venture into the cheese room to discuss with the cheesemaker herself. Then for the main event we pair 6 of our favourite English Wines with 6 of our favourite English Cheeses in a seated guided tasting. Delicious!

Duration: 2 hours

Terms & conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Inclusions

  • Day includes:
  • Transport from and to London
  • Full Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard
  • Lunch with English wine
  • Tour of Silcock's Dairy cheese making process
  • Guided tasting of 6 English wines paired with 6 English Cheeses
  • Bottled water

Departure time

09:00 AM


Departure point

English Grounds, London SE1, UK


Recent reviews

Jon E   24th August 2020

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Justin picked us up from our hotel and from that moment talked us through his fantastic knowledge. We visited two English vineyards. There was a mix of Fizz, Rose and White! They were all surprisingly good. Lots to drink, a goody bag, lunch at a local pub, a perfect day!

shnikk   23rd August 2020

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We booked a private vineyards tour for a group of friends with English Wine Tasting Tours We visited Sedlescombe Organic, Chapel Down, and Woodchurch Estate and had lunch at The William Caxton. The day went from 10am-5pm. We tried 4-6 wines at each place and had a great pub lunch too. Justin led the tour and was awesome - tonnes of knowledge and super friendly. We also met Nicola his wife who runs the business. They were super flexible throughout the booking process and the tour and even helped to retrieve a lost phone from the train on the day (thank you!) Will definitely book more tours with this great company in the future

T6616FEbenw   19th August 2020

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After having done just the wine tour by itself a couple of years ago, came back with a group to do the wine and cheese tour. Justin was a great tour leader - very personable and knowledgeable. The chosen winery - Chapel Down - is well worth a visit. We were looked after really well by Justin and Nicola throughout the day and got to taste some lovely English wines - mostly sparkling. The second stop of wine and cheese pairing was set in a great little function room overlooking a vineyard. The pairings were well put together to give a treat to the taste buds. Highly recommended tour, with great hosts and an enjoyable experience.

davinaj3000   17th August 2020

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My friends and I attended the English Cheese and Wine tasting tour in August 2020. We booked the tour earlier in the year before the Covid-19 outbreak, and luckily we could still attend due to the measures Justin and Nicola put in place. Before the tour Nicola was very efficient via email and telephone, helping to ensure the trip would run successfully with the correct social distancing measures in place. Our transport to the vineyards enabled us to socially distance comfortably. Both Chapel Down and Woodchurch vineyard tours and tastings were great, and I particularly enjoyed the afternoon’s wine and cheese tasting hosted by Nicola and Justin, who have great knowledge of the perfect pairings. Thank you both for going above and beyond to give us a fantastic day out!

531BenH   16th October 2019

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We had an excellent day in the wine region in Kent. The day was very educational and we tasted some nice wine. Definitely one for the wine connoisseur and the cheese tasting in the afternoon made the day complete. The pub for lunch was in a beautiful village in rural Kent. The pick up and drop off at London Bridge was very convenient.

Andy S   19th August 2019

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The journey from London to Kent was pleasant enough in the luxury coach also helped by the stunning views as you leave the city. The wine tasting was excellent, lunch was generous and the cheese pairing a great experience. Justin and Amy make great hosts, very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do which makes for a great day all round, highly recommended.

RMcCarthy2   17th August 2019

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We have just finished our tour and enjoyed every minute of it! Really enjoyed the experience at chapel down -it was both educational and fun! Russell was the host at chapel down and he explained the wine making process in great detail and went above and beyond during the tasting. Chapel down has a lovely shop where lots of treasures can be found! Justin and his wife were amazing tour guides for all parts of the journey. Justin connected with each individual in the group and this made the day extra special! Would certainly join again and explore another great English vineyard!

janeta771   20th July 2019

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We were bought this as a Christmas gift & what a lovely day. Justin was a fine host, very knowledgeable & friendly. Nicola was lovely too. We visited a vineyard in Kent with wine tasting several varieties. Lunch at a local proper pub, again with English wine. Then a trip to see how local cheese was made - I would have loved to have a go myself. The cheese matched to wines was an excellent finish. There is nothing not to like. English wine rocks! Thank you for an interesting day.

43256   20th July 2019

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We were a small group of 6. Justin’s knowledge of the English wine industry was all encompassing. We enjoyed the visit to the vineyard where we learnt much about the grapes, the harvesting and the making of the wine. The wine tasting was enjoyable as was our ploughman’s lunch at the pub in Benenden. A tour through a cheesemaking factory followed and we ended the day with a wine and cheese pairing. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

matthewdX3817BB   15th June 2019

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This was an amazing wine tour, and Justin was an excellent guide! We have been fortunate to go on wine tours in many different counties, but the personal touch and unique selections of wines really set this apart and made it a very memorable day. Touring chapel down winery, the local guides described the wine making process at a much deeper level, and touched on many subject I was unfamiliar with (the various stages of wine pressing, wine clarifying etc). The highlight of the day was the wine & cheese pairing. The selection of wines and cheeses was bespoke, and Justin procured a selection of products that would be unavailable to source yourself at your local market / store. The highlight for me was a 2011 Vintage sparkling Chardonnay paired with a Swiss style cheese. Amazing day and would highly recommend to all!