Grapes, Hops and Junipers

Heard it on the grapevine? They’re not just good, but officially brilliant! England’s favourite tipples – from its crisp sparkling whites to its treacly dark ales – are an award-winning string in our country’s food and drink bow. And with the soldierly ranks of vines basking in the warm summer sunshine and hops and berries slowly swelling on the bough, this is a great time to get out and discover the quirky stories and picturesque settings behind our grapes and our grain. From vineyard tours and gin tastings, to boutique breweries and beer festivals, we say swig, savour and same again please!

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Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Take a trip around the world's wines.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Beer has been produced at Palmers Brewery for more than 200 years using ancient techniques.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

Breweries and distilleries
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Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Pubs and cocktail bars
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Brew your own beer at the School of Artisan Food

Brew your own beer at the School of Artisan Food

Learn to brew the perfect pint at the School of Artisan Food.

Location: Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

Cookery courses
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Learn how to brew beer from Britain's oldest brewer

Learn how to brew beer from Britain's oldest brewer

Shepherd Neame in Faversham has been producing beer for over 850 years.

Location: Faversham, Kent

Breweries and distilleries
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Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Enjoy fine wines at Denbies Wine Estate

Enjoy fine wines at Denbies Wine Estate

Plan your day out to this famous English vineyard overlooking Box Hill and taste some great wines on its wine tours.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

The oldest working gin distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Breweries and distilleries
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Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

How about a glass of English wine? That’s award-winning English wine. Come to Holmfirth Vineyard and discover their home-grown delight.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Enjoy a tipple at Pure Cider North, Holmfirth

Enjoy a tipple at Pure Cider North, Holmfirth

Cider anyone? Head to Deanhouse Farm, nestled in the Holme Valley and enjoy a sup or two of local, artisan cider producer, Rob North’s passion.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Breweries and distilleries
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See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

Once dominated by breweries, Burton is the natural place to visit and discover more about an Englishman’s much-loved tipple.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is a great place to experience wine tasting whilst enjoying the pristine rolling English countryside.

Location: Boxted near Colchester, Essex

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Indulge on a Chocolate and Wine Masterclass at Vinopolis

Indulge on a Chocolate and Wine Masterclass at Vinopolis

Treat your tastebuds and learn about how to match premium chocolate and wine with the experts at top London wine experience Vinopolis.

Location: London Bridge, Greater London

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Sample local ales or make your own in Derby

Sample local ales or make your own in Derby

Brew up a storm in Derby, the real ale capital of England. Brew your own or tour pub gems, the pints are frothing and waiting for you.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Chapel Down Winery

Chapel Down Winery

An award-winning vineyard in the heart of Kent.

Location: Tenterden, Kent

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Give your taste buds a treat at the Furleigh Estate vineyard

Give your taste buds a treat at the Furleigh Estate vineyard

Explore the peace and tranquillity of the Furleigh Estate vineyard, before getting down to the real business of testing out the wines for yourself.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

Picturesque places
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Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Find the only beer still traditionally crafted in oak casks by the last remaining brewer in town, on the fringes of England’s National Forest.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Choose between red, white or rosé at Sealwood Cottage

Choose between red, white or rosé at Sealwood Cottage

Sample the fruits of this Derbyshire vineyard in the charming countryside of The National Forest, and then go to sleep in a pyramid-roofed bedroom.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Spend a weekend at Chiltern Ridge and make your own apple juice, and explore the two acre site and surrounding Chiltern Hills.

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Regional specialities

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