Top Spots For Alfresco Dining

The tropical scent of sticky sun cream fills the Kentish air, scarlet sunburn lines the shoulders of every daring vest top wearer across the county, meals are served under the summer sunshine and daytime drinking becomes part of a reoccurring weekend agenda. The Kent summer is in full swing and a touch of alfresco dining with a side of the Garden’s wine creates the perfect pairing for any sunny day. We know how important it is to make the most of the treasured warm weather, so if you’re looking to dine outside with a chilled glass of the good stuff, we’ve poured together a list of alfresco hot spots that serve some of the Garden’s favourites…

Hush Heath

The View
Treat yourself to a serving of summer with a visit to The View at Hush Heath Wine Estate.  Dine alfresco on the roof terrace and admire the boasting 400-acre panoramic views of this elegant estate. Sink your teeth into a serving platter straight from the restaurant and enjoy this delectable dining experience against the backdrop of the wonderful Weald of Kent. With a glass of crisp, chilled, award-winning Balfour in hand, be prepared to discover your seventh heaven at Hush Heath vineyard.

Wine with a view...

Hush Heath Hospitality
Aside from the production of award-winning Balfour wine, Hush Heath Estate also own a selection of passionately local pubs, many of which feature lovingly landscaped gardens and tasteful terraces. Soak up the summer sun, indulge in fresh, local produce and sip on a refreshing glass of your favourite Balfour, undeniably the perfect way to spend a summers day. The Tickled Trout, The Goudhurst Inn and The Woolpack all boast beautiful boutique hotel rooms, so you can come out of hiding when people mutter the dreaded words ‘designated driver’.

Sip in the sunshine…

Gusbourne

The Vineyards
Pack a picnic and lay down a blanket in the beautiful Boot Hill Vineyard, watch the sunset line the miles of sun-kissed vines with a glorious glass of Gusbourne’s finest in hand. If finger food feasting isn’t your desired delicacy, then a stroll to the outdoor wine garden is sure to savour your senses. Admire the vibrant vineyard views and tuck into a cheese or charcuterie plate (if you order in advance!). If you’re in search for your summer serving, you can rely on a glass full of Gusbourne to tantalise your taste buds.

Serve up your summer...

 

The Fordwhich and Rocksalt Restaurant
If you’re looking to compliment your gratifying glass of Gusbourne with a pretty pub garden then The Fordwhich Arms will provide the perfect flavour. With a beautiful dining terrace and garden, sip on the taste of Gusbourne whilst soaking in views of The River Stour. Or, visit Rocksalt Restaurant for a lavish dining experience, delve into seafood cuisine on the sun drenched terrace which overlooks Folkestone’s beautiful coastline- This seaside sensation also serves a selection of Gusbourne so you can sip, sun and seaside!

A taste of Kent...

Chapel Down

The Swan
Set in the delightful vineyards of Chapel Down lies The Swan Wine Kitchen, offering luxurious dining in an elegant setting. With a fresh menu every season, you’re sure to discover a delectable dish to tickle your taste buds. Dine on the outdoor terrace and take in the panoramic views of the picture perfect vineyards whilst feasting into some fresh and locally sourced produce. The perfect way to spend a sunny day!

Get in the summer spirit...

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Simpsons

Sunset Sessions
Spend hazy summer evenings surrounded in 40 hectacres of tranquillity at Simpson’s Wine Estate for the ‘Sunset Sessions’ event. Tour the vibrant vineyard and learn how the vines are harvested and grown. Watch as sun meets the Kent Down's horizon with a glass of Chalklands Classic Cuvée in hand, then head to the making room and discover the secrets of producing this award-winning wine. When the tasting and tour are over, feast on some fresh cheese and charcuterie from Kent’s leading food hall, Macknade. (Yum!)

Stunning sunsets at Simpson's...

Biddenden 

Welcome to Kent’s original vineyard, this beautiful wine garden has remained family owned since opening 50 years ago. With an extensive history, Biddenden is the ideal place to indulge in a tour and taste of traditional Kent. Browse the vineyard and winery whilst sipping on some of Biddenden’s award-winning wine. For an after tour treat, feast into a sharing platter made from locally sourced ingredients around the county, a perfect typically Kentish day out.  

Beautifully Biddenden...

Squerreys 

There's no better compliment to a delicious dish than a refreshing glass of the Garden's wine, don't you agree? If your palette is yearning for a glorious glass of Squerrey's signature wine, then a trip to The Smallholding pub is definitely worth the punt. With a sun drenched terrace to enjoy a delicious dish from the menu alfresco style, add a glass of Squerryes 2013 English sparkling and you've discovered the perfect outdoor dining experience.

Summer with Squerreys...

The Pig

Blend 15+ degrees of balmy weather with 250 ml of the Garden’s wine, serve in a country pub garden and you’ve made the perfect recipe for a wonderfully Kentish summer. What better way to enjoy a refreshing glass of the Garden's wine than in a picturesque pub? Gather some friends, layer on the sun cream and get in the spirit of the summer with a visit to The Pig at Bridge Place. Dine outside in the garden and enjoy a hearty meal made from ingredients grown in the garden itself. The Pig serves all of your Wine Garden favourites so this hidden gem is the perfect way to get the pick of the bunch!

Get the pig of the brunch...