The Handbook
The Handbook

English sparkling wine has a hard time, constantly compared to French and Italian competitors, unfairly overlooked by international wine folk and humiliatingly hamstrung by the recent marketing jargon ‘British Fizz’. And yet, against all odds English sparkling wine is the talk of town, we’re drinking more of the stuff than ever before and *whispering* it’s as good as Champagne. As the British Grand Marques start to emerge, one name that’s absolutely ‘up there’ is Squerryes, just a stone’s throw from London. So, luckily for you and us, it’s added some sparkle to our week to learn that the Kent vineyard is opening its own restaurant.

Producing award-winning sparkling wine from the so-called Garden of England, the winery reflects the rich heritage and terroir of the North Downs and creates a buttery fruity sparkling wine using classic Champagne methods and varietals, making it ideal pairing for seafood and shellfish.

Which is handy, because you can now go and enjoy all the fishes you fancy at The Dining Room. Overlooking a scenic view over part of the 2,500 acre Squerryes estate, The Dining Room will serve small and large plates including Cornish monkfish skewer, spider crab and garlic butter; pickled Jersey rock oysters, celery and dill and line caught John Dory, spelt risotto and sauce vierge. The estate’s Executive Chefs Chris Reeves and David Marsaud have worked with local producers like Winterdale Shaw cheese and Pierce Mill cherries, while ingredients including elderflower, cobnuts and blackberries are foraged fresh on the estate.

If sitting watching the sun set, sipping English wine, yards from where it grew, while eating incredible fish dishes is your idea of a perfect evening, then The Dining Room, launching on 4th October, really is the place for you.

Squerryes Winery, Beggars Lane, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1QP