M25 , Junction 6; 12 minutes
Squerryes' family motto is 'it's permitted to be joyful'. Joy isn't merely 'allowed' here at this 2,500-acre North Downs estate - gateway to the Garden of England - it's inescapable.
Squerryes has been creating magic for nearly 300 years and bottling it (in the form of sparkling wine) for a good while, too. Sit down in style at the estate's seasonal and sustainable Winery Restaurant; relax in the Garden Café overlooking the rosé vineyard; or plunder the Deli's bountiful larder for gifts and classic storecupboard items.
The deli cheese counter - curated by Neal's Yard, London - is stacked with regional wonders; scoop into a peppery, creamy blue from Kent for an authentic local flavour. After a vineyard walk, refill that gap with an almond croissant or Portuguese tart, paired to perfection with a coffee; the beans are roasted by Corban's in nearby Sevenoaks.
Wine aficionados will be drawn to the Cellar Door with its impressive pyramids of home-grown and regional English wines.
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