This spring and summer, more than ever, the simple combination of fresh air and fresh food is a luxury to be savoured. As we welcome guests back to Gusbourne, we offer a few suggestions for the perfect picnic.
Save your date
Essential in social-distancing times. From 12th April we’ll be warmly welcoming guests to our home in Appledore, Kent, for Vineyard Tours and picnics in The Nest Garden. And from 17th May our specially created picnic place at the top of our Boot Hill vineyard officially opens – imagine the views across our Pinot Noir vines, over the lush wetlands of Romney Marsh and towards nearby Camber and Dungeness as you sit down to lunch in the open air…
Make it inclusive
Bring the kids, bring the dog, bring your bubble. Or just your one favourite other. We can safely welcome groups of 2 to 12, subject to current guidelines. You can also buy a picnic gift card, bookable by recipients for a date that suits them.
We created our Spring/Summer 2021 gourmet picnic hampers with the help of our friends at Vine + Country Tours, whose sole delight is discovering, championing and sharing the best foodie finds from Kent and Sussex. A few highlights to stir the appetite:
- Handmade charcuterie selection, including fennel saucisson, chorizo and dry-cured pork collar from Moons Green farm in the heart of the Kentish Weald
- Seasonal English cheeses from Sussex
- Homemade sausage roll
- Homemade Sussex spicy chutney and classic pickle
- Seasonal English cheeses from Sussex: goat, cow, blue
- Spinach, pea and feta parcel
- Kalamata olives with roasted artichoke and peppers
- Sussex honey
- Rustic ciabatta baton
Plus a perfectly chilled bottle of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2016. You can tell us about any specific dietary requirements when you book. Please note, it is not possible for guests to bring their own food and wine onto the estate.
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Our biodiverse vineyards are full of birdsong and the gentle rustle of leaves. Take a well-deserved device break and immerse your senses in nature. Our vineyard team have even turned their talents to handcrafting beautiful bespoke picnic tables that look and feel right at home in our spectacular setting.
Dress for the occasion
We’re blessed with some of the country’s sunniest spring and summer days, so check the weather and dress accordingly. Sunblock’s always a good idea. A hat if you prefer. And comfortable shoes are a must, especially if you’ve also booked a Vineyard Tour before or after your picnic.
Make a foodie day of it
There’s so much to explore in this historically rich county, including our pretty home village of Appledore. We’re also surrounded, here and in neighbouring Sussex, by excellent producers and suppliers of artisanal cheeses, meats and charcuterie, seafood, bread, beer, cider, honey, berries and local specialities such as cobnuts. We guarantee your picnic won’t leave you hungry, but it may stoke your appetite for bringing a taste of the Garden of England home with you.
Make it even more memorable
We invite guests to explore all the things that make Gusbourne so special, and to learn more about our approach to growing our grapes and making our wines. Soak up the essence of Gusbourne on a guided tour with one of our experts. And just ask us at The Nest if you'd like to upgrade your wine or add more bottles to your picnic. You can also purchase bottles from our cellar door to take home with you.
Gusbourne picnics (charcuterie or vegetarian) are £80 for two people, and include a bottle of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2016, a Gusbourne picnic bag and reusable picnic glassware for you to keep. Arrive at your leisure between 12.00 and 13.30 on your booked date.
Good to know
You may transfer your picnic to a new date up to one week prior to your booking, subject to availability. All picnics must be booked in advance and are not available for drop-in guests due to Covid-19 restrictions. For full safety protocols in place at Gusbourne, click here.
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