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complete without afternoon tea, so punt for this option. After a glass
of bubbles and a guided tour, stroll through the vines to work up an
appetite for tea - with nger sandwiches, scones and cakes, of course.
Bit on the side: The village of Bolney is about 20 minutes from
bohemian Brighton. Take the tour on a Saturday afternoon and then
carry on to the coast for the original dirty weekend, complete with pier,
candy oss and a ride on the carousel. Don't forget to save your bottle
of award-winning Blanc de Blancs for beachside sh and chips: a match
made in heaven.
How much: £69 for afternoon tea and tour for two.
Stay over: Ask for a sea-view room at quirky hotel Artist Residence
on one of Brighton's old Regency squares. artistresidence.co.uk
PENDERYN Penderyn, Wales, CF44 0SX
Penderyn, distilled: When it launched on St David's Day in 2004,
Penderyn was the rst Welsh malt whisky for more than 100 years. Four
years after that, the visitor centre opened and it's a must-visit for those
who want to learn more about the water of life. The whisky-curious
can discover the dierence between production methods in Wales,
Ireland, the US and Scotland, and there's also a section on water and
wood and the part it plays in making whisky. As well as Penderyn Single
Malt Whisky, the tasting includes Penderyn's other tipples: Brecon Five
Vodka, Brecon Gin and Merlyn Cream Liqueur.
Bit on the side: The distillery is in the Brecon Beacons National Park, so
pack your walking boots. The park itself spans some 519 square miles,
so don't do anything without a map or a guide. For some ideas, check
out martinswalks.com and take a bottle of your favourite dram along
to enjoy when you reach your peak.
How much: £8.50, including a tasting of two products.
Stay over: Famous Welsh gastropub The Felin Fach Gri¦n can be
found around 20 miles north of the distillery. Ask for The Best Four
Poster room and enjoy views of rolling countryside to go with your
slap-up meal. felinfachgri�n.co.uk
Best of the rest
Take a �ight from Glasgow to Islay and visit Ardbeg for a peaty whisky experience
and perhaps a night in the on-site cottage. ardbeg.com
Over in Speyside, the Glen�ddich tour features a peek inside the maturation
warehouses. Breathe in the scent of the angel's share - the portion of whisky that
evaporates through the barrel and drifts heavenwards. glen�ddich.com
Don your best farm attire and hop on the tractor in Herefordshire at Chase
distillery, which makes all manner of spirits, including Marmalade Vodka.
A short ride inland from Rick Stein's Padstow, you'll �nd the Camel Valley vineyard
- home to some of the �nest sparklers in the UK. camelvalley.com
If you don't want to leave London, head to Greenwich and explore the Tasting
Rooms at Meantime brewery. meantimebrewing.com
Alternatively, alight at Kennington for London Dry Gin stalwart Beefeater. The
distillery has recently been dolled up for visitors and the shop sports red umbrellas
emblazoned with the words 'London Dry'. beefeaterdistillery.com