Last of the Summer Wine in Cranbrook
Cranbrook was humming for the weekend of 8th and 9th September with a Music Festival that attracted loads of superb musical talent to a mixture of different venues. The town was heaving with visitors and the weather was perfect for dancing in the streets. It was hard to find a vacant seat in the sun at any of our local hostelries. Such was its success, we are already looking forward to the Same Day Next Year. Meanwhile, the Queen's Theatre at Cranbrook School is hosting The Blues Brothers in October and that should be fun for a bit of foot tapping hilarity. We had a wonderful office outing to Biddenden Vineyard to celebrate more awards for their local wine.
We were treated to a fascinating tour of the vineyard which is in a beautiful and commanding position just a few miles from the office. This was England's first vineyard, starting with just one acre. It is now thoroughly well established producing red, white and rose still and sparkling wines as well as apple and pear juice and cider. We walked round the vines and were shown the process of converting fruit into delicious drinks before being introduced to the wines themselves.
The Gribble Bridge Sparkling Wine is a very worthy rival to the best of French Champagnes and the very smooth Pinot Noir is also absolutely superb. We were also offered some gorgeous local cheeses and Kentish crisps from Quex Park as well as their very own sausages from pigs fed on the apples leftover from the juice and cider making. It is a very friendly, family run business and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep.