Raise a glass for English Wine Week

By Georgia Ward

Celebrate English Wine Week (27 May to 4 June) with a vinous visit to one of Custard Communications’ clients – from a wine pairing dinner in sumptuous five-star mansion house surroundings, to strolling through the sun-soaked vineyards of East Sussex and dining in a newly-refurbished 2 AA Rosette restaurant.

Taste of the Malvern Hills – from £55pp at The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern
Savour a taste of the Malvern Hills and sample an array of wines from Lovells Vineyard, located less than ten minutes’ drive from boutique gem The Cottage in the Wood. Sip on the crisp, light ‘Promenades’, a white wine perfectly paired with the hotel and restaurant’s special Vale of Evesham asparagus menu or sample the well balanced ‘Elgar’ while soaking up spectacular views of the Severn Valley and Cotswolds from the beautifully-restored 1919 Restaurant. From £55pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Call The Cottage in the Wood, tel: 01684 588 860 or visit www.cottageinthewood.co.uk.

Wine and dine – £95pp at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Herts/Beds border
A special treat awaits at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa’s gourmet English wine dinner, hosted by the Ridgeview Wine Estate, on Thursday 24 May. Diners will be greeted with a welcome drink and canapés upon arrival, before settling down in the beautiful mansion house’s Wernher restaurant, for a three-course wine-paired feast. Seasonal dishes include Cornish plaice, salt marsh lamb and a glazed raspberry tart, each paired perfectly with a Ridgeview wine blend. The gourmet English wine dinner is £95pp. Call Luton Hoo on 01582 698888, www.lutonhoo.co.uk

Flavours of England – from £70pp at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex
Head to the picturesque Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex on Friday 1 June to sample some of the finest English cheeses and wines. Savour our courses each created with a different cheese, including God Minster Cheddar, Rosary Ash Goats Cheese and Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheese, and paired with an English wine to enhance the delectable flavours. Friday 1 June at 7pm, from £69.50 per person. While you’re there, visit the local Bluebell Vineyard for a tour and tasting (additional cost booked separately). Call Ashdown Park Hotel on 01342 824988, www.ashdownpark.com

Celebrate English wine week– from £123pp at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, Hampshire
Book Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens’ The Oak Room for a fabulous dining experience in luxurious surroundings. During English Wine Week restaurant’s menu features inventive dishes with a distinct British edge, expertly complemented by the selection of wines, from Nyetimber and Ridgeview Estate, to award-winning Sharpham Estate Dart Valley Reserve. Indulge in a one-night stay with three-course dinner and breakfast from £122.50pp (based on two sharing). Call Tylney Hall on 01256 764881, www.tylneyhall.com

A sparkling stay – from £149pp at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
Journey to Eastbourne for a majestic stay at The Grand Hotel and discover the local vineyards in charming Alfriston, just a 30 minute drive from the hotel and home to Sussex’s first-ever sparkling wine. Back at The Grand, visitors can treat themselves to dinner in the newly-refurbished Mirabelle restaurant, where head chef Stephanie Malvoisin brings together locally sourced ingredients and an innovative flair, creating an exciting menu. Price for a one-night stay with dinner in the Mirabelle restaurant and breakfast is from £149pp (based on two sharing). Call The Grand on 01323 412345, www.grandeastbourne.com 

Award-winning Highdown Wine – from £89pp at Georgian House, London
Owned by Aly and Paul Englefield, Highdown Vineyard sits proudly on the south facing hills of the South Downs in Sussex. The vineyard grows seven varieties of grape to produce its range of award-winning white, red and sparkling wines. Share a bottle of Highdown’s white or red wine at five-star Georgian House’s dedicated bar from £25. The boutique property’s award-winning breakfasts, elegant afternoon tea and individually designed bedrooms make it a delightful base for a short break in London. Accommodation from £89pp based on two sharing including breakfast. Tel: 020 7834 1438 or visit www.georgianhousehotel.co.uk.