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Join Jonathan Ray’s Kent Wine Tour and receive a free bottle of Chapel Down sparkling wine

Four nights from £1,588 per person. Departs: 17 October 2021

Join The Spectator’s Drinks Editor Jonathan Ray for a jaunt through the Garden of England, sampling the county’s very best food and drink. One of the highlights of this four-night holiday will be a behind-the-scenes visit to the award-winning Chapel Down vineyard, including a wine tasting and lunch at the Swan Restaurant. To celebrate the launch of this new tour, we are delighted to offer Spectator readers who book before the end of May a complimentary bottle of Chapel Down’s delectable sparkling wine, to help whet your appetite for the autumn.

‘Kent, sir – everybody knows Kent – apples, cherries, hops and women,’ observed Mr Jingle in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, and while we might phrase it differently almost 200 years later, the Garden of England retains a fruitful abundance from the High Weald to the cliffs and beaches of the coast. In recent years, viticulture has taken root firmly in the region, and Kent is the source of the most highly-regarded vineyards in the UK, producing a host of award-winning wines – from champagne-rivalling sparkling wines to impressive whites and increasingly well-respected reds.

On this tour in the company of expert wine critic and author Jonathan, we will meet some of the county’s finest winemakers – and Britain’s oldest brewer – and taste the very best that Kent has to offer. As well as the best of the region’s drinks, we will be introduced to the finest local produce at the acclaimed Macknade Food Hall in Faversham, see the oyster shacks on Whitstable Beach, and find out what drew T.S. Eliot and J.M.W. Turner to the Margate seafront – before trying Jonathan’s favourite negroni bar nearby.

Based close to the cathedral city of Canterbury, we shall stay at the historic Broome Park Hotel (4* deluxe), on the edge of the Kent Downs. The Broome Park Estate was established during the reign of Charles I and has, as its centrepiece, a magnificent Grade-I listed mansion dating from 1638. The hotel has 18 elegant bedrooms and a number of comfortable woodland lodges on a 250-acre estate. There is a swimming pool, a very good restaurant, and a golf course.

Offer valid for bookings during May and includes:

  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners and two lunches
  • Three winery visits including tastings
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer, Jonathan Ray

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