Lurgashall WineryLurgashall Category Food and Drink, For Adults
Ever tasted wine made from the sap of the silver birch tree? This is just one of the unusual flavours on offer at Lurgashall Winery, where brambles, honey, even walnuts, are among the quirky choice of ingredients turned into liqueurs, country wines and meads.
The winery was first established more than a quarter of a century ago at this complex of 17th- and 19th-century farm buildings in the shadow of Blackdown Hill. But since 2010 it has been in the hands of Sarah Thompson and her family, who have got to work quickly developing Lurgashall’s range of traditional tipples. Take a tour to find out more about how these refreshing beverages are made and learn to pair them with food.
You can try and buy in the tea room, which is set in an atmospheric old bakery with a low beamed ceiling, where teas, coffees and sweet and savoury treats are also served. Sarah’s even laid on free Wifi so customers can linger for a while – after all, Lurgashall is about reviving some of England’s oldest products for future generations.
The tea room is open Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, and Bank Holiday Monday 11am-4pm. Tours of the winery can be arranged by appointment.