Shirlee Posner looks at the wine, cheese, gin and Indian food tours available from a growing food hub on the Albury Estate.
Food tourism is gathering speed in the UK and Surrey has a huge legacy on offer to visitors and residents. Surrey contains a number of established food and drink producers from vineyards producing award-winning wines to gourmet Indian ready meals.
In the last twenty years, and mostly in the last ten, Surrey has seen the arrival of a new order of producers. Silent Pool Gin is one of special mention as it has gone from a small artisan producer to a global brand setting the benchmark for other producers.
Let’s start with wine. The first producer on the Albury Estate where Silent Pool is located was a retired IT consultant. Nick Wenman had dreamed of owning his own vineyard and he has made his dream come true in style. Renting land from the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate, Nick employed an experienced vineyard manager and set to work producing mostly sparkling wines and rosé due to our climate, but these are so good they are able to stand their own in a competitive international market. Ten years later, Albury Organic Vineyard is a widely respected, award- winning winery.