The Handbook
The Handbook

As the sun begins to set on summer, and leaves wash from bright greens to deep reds and oranges there’s no better time to say sláinte, prohst, a votre santé and cheers to memories made in warmer climes. And, where better to whet the whistle than at the Gusbourne vineyard experience?

Whisking you away into a culinary nirvana just an hour outside of London, English sparkling winemakers Gusbourne will be joined by two Michelin-starred restaurants, The Pony & Trap and Carters of Moseley, immersing guests in sumptuous seasonal menus, of which each course will be paired with a Gusbourne wine.

The Kent-based vineyard dining experience is, undeniably, a flirt with all of the senses, with the finest of fodder and tipples that’ll turn the head of any oenophile. Upon arrival, stroll through vineyards whilst enjoying your aperitif, taking in the change of season as the greenery of summer blends to one of England’s oldest (and tastiest) traditions – harvest!

Dinner, set to be a wine filled al-fresco affair, will be served amongst the lushness of a canopy covered wine garden overlooking Boot Hill vineyard where, in an attempt to cling to the romance of summer, elegantly laid picnic tables will be furnished with a three or four-course meal and super snug Romney Marsh Wool blankets.

The dining experience will be somewhat movie like, whisking you from the trappings and cacophony of London to a cosy, tipple-heavy abyss with Michelin-star food and divine wine being the only distractions.

Michelin-starred The Pony & Trap is piled high with tradition, as a country pub that has served the villages of Newtown and Chew Magna in Bristol. Wowing with chocolate box-esque cuteness, and food served by the hand of Chef Patron Josh Eggleton, the idyllic pub was awarded its first Michelin-star in 2011, plating up food that will be yours to try during the Gusbourne experience.

Carters of Moseley, too, are no strangers to an impressive accolade, having clasped their hands on a star in 2015. Their menus follow the ebbs and flows of the season, led by Head Chef Brad Carter and his fondness of a flavour-enhancing ingredient.

Gusbourne are winemakers that need little introduction. Subverting convention and embracing tradition the award-winning English sparkling wine giants cut their teeth in Appledore in 1410 and, fast forwarding a few years and glasses of wine later, their debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2006 and Blanc de Blancs were released to critical acclaim. Their method? Well, that’s a secret… but we think it’s somewhere hidden in those rolling vineyards.

So, a vineyard dinner experience – wine not? Join Pony & Trap’s evenings on the 19th and 20th of September for a four-course feast, or Carters of Moseley’s extravaganza on the 30thof September and 1stof October. Each table seats six, and spaces are limited so make haste, dear wine lovers.

Grab your ticket here!