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Gold Tastes & Flavours of Kent

Gold Tastes & Flavours of Kent

A favourite holiday embracing wine, cheese and beer in the wonderful Kent countryside together with hearing of the smugglers who inhabited the marshes many years ago.

Holiday Highlights:

 

Biddenden Vineyards – Tour, Tasting

and Ploughman’s Platter

Winterdale Cheese Farm – Tour,

Tasting and Kent Cream Tea

Shepherd Neame Brewery – Tour,

Tasting and Hop Picker’s Afternoon Tea

Mysterious Marshes – New Romneyand Lydd

Monday

We depart and make our way to Kent
and arriving in the afternoon at our hotel for
the next 4 nights stay with dinner, bed and
breakfast.

Tuesday

For our first visit today we head for
Staplehurst and Hush Heath Estate and
vineyards. Here we enjoy a guided tour and can
learn all aspects of grape-growing before visitng
the winery where the production process of still
and sparkling wine is explained. We finish with a
tutored tasting of six Hush Heath Estate wines
and ciders. Leaving the vineyard we have a short
drive to the Goudhurst Inn, part of the Hush
Heath Estate, for a Ploughmans Platter lunch.
Leaving here we visit the Winterdale Cheese
Farm for a guided tour of the dairy and cave,
followed by cheese tasting and cream tea.

Wednesday

This morning we head for the
land of mysterious marshes and smugglers. First
we come to New Romney, a Cinque Port since
1155 but the Great Storm of 1287 changed the
course of the River Rother and made New
Romney an inland town. Next we visit Lydd
where in the 18th and 19th centuries the town
was notorious for the activities of ‘owlers’ (Local
smugglers hooting to each other at dead of
night). Have a look at All Saints Church – The
Cathedral of the Marsh, which has a soaring
132ft tower, and at 199ft is Kent’s longest
church, parts of it date back to Roman times. As
we head inland spot the tower of St Mildred’s
Church at Tenterden. Horatio, Lord Nelson’s
daughter by his mistress Emma Hamilton, was
at one time the vicar’s wife. Known as the ‘Jewel
in the Weald’ the town makes an ideal place to
finish the day.

Thursday

We begin with a ride to historic
Faversham which nestles between the rural
gently sloping Downs and the austere North
Kent marshes and is one of southern England’s
most charming towns. It now has over 475 listed
buildings and a wide selection of independent
shops. We have time for lunch here before we
leave for our afternoon visit to the Shepherd
Neame Brewery for a guided ‘behind the
scenes’ tour. Afterwards we round off the visit
with Hop Pickers afternoon tea.

Friday

After breakfast we leave and begin our
homeward journey.

Your Hotel

 

The Mercure Great Danes Hotel

Maidstone, is set in 26 acres of private

grounds, with an extensive Health and Leisure

Club, including indoor pool, sauna and

solarium. All bedrooms are en suite, with

television, telephone with tea/coffee

facilities. The hotel has a lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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