The Chilterns is not only rich with ample choice of where you can dine, but the sense of pride in the fact that the Chilterns is an outstanding area of beauty also translates into the passion of the vineyards and brewers of the local area. Why not serve up something special at our Christmas table this year and keep it British, there’s plenty of great quality offerings in the Chilterns and we’ve decided to round a few up that are worth sampling.
On a mission to make Windsor famous for beer above anything else, the Windsor and Eton Brewery are committed to brewing exciting and quality new ales and in 2010 they brewed the Guardsman, the first new ale brewed in Windsor for 80 years which was then subsequently released on St Georges day. Since then they have released a variety of ales for a number of notable British occasions including the marriage of William and Kate (the wonderfully named “Windsor Knot”) a trilogy of beers to commemorate the jubilee in 2012 (one of which was named “Canberra”) and “Knight of the Garter” so named because it was launched to coincide with the annual Ceremony of the Garter held at St Georges Chapel, Windsor. The Windsor & Eton Brewery also has a sister brewery named Uprising who brew less royalty friendly sounding ales such as “Treason”.
Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns. Situated a few miles north of Berkhamsted, the vineyard was originally planted in 1971, by the previous owners, Peter and Ann Latchford. They enjoyed great success until the vines were grubbed up in 2001. Simon and Natalie Tooley discovered the site in 2005 and replanted it the following year. After lots of research, 6000 vines were planted on the site. The vines are unusual varieties that are specially developed to grow in our cooler climate. The boutique wines are not just created here but sold here also and as this is not a large scale operation it’s best to stock up as much as possible before a favourite run has run dry!
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Old Luxters is home to ‘Chiltern Valley Wines’, its Vineyard, Winery, Old Luxters Brewery, Liqueur making facilities and cellar shop as well as its independent brewery, which is proud to have revived the tradition of farm-brewed, full mash, Real Ales using wooden-clad mash tun, copper, liquor and fermentation vessels. Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery has not only won many accolades in terms of trophies, awards and commendations in blind-tasted national and international competitions, but has also been granted a royal warrant from the royal household and are recognised suppliers to her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Tring Brewery Company was founded in 1992, reviving the traditional art of brewing in the picturesque West Hertfordshire market town of Tring. This was a town that, although steeped in brewing history, had been without a brewery for over 50 years. The locals were thirsty.
Founder, Richard Shardlow, an experienced brewer having worked for Greene King, Ruddles and Devenish got the show on the road and was joined in 2000 by Andrew Jackson from Whitbread, a man armed with both a brewing and retail background….and a scruffy dog.
To this day Richard and Andrew head up a dynamic team of staff, dedicated to ensuring the highest levels of product quality and service. Whether you are a first time visitor to our brewery shop or a long standing trade customer, we are always here to help, advise and meet your requirements.
When it comes to crafting beers, Tring start with the finest UK barley…..tonnes of it. Each grain milled on site to extract colour, flavour and aroma. Hops are meticulously sourced from all around the world, each one selected for the unique character it brings to a beer. The beautiful water, filtered through the chalk of the surrounding Chiltern Hills acts as the perfect carrier, delivering with it an array of sensory pleasures. Of course there’s no forgetting our yeast. Millions of tiny little cells work exceptionally hard to produce alcohol, natural condition and that signature Tring flavour profile. The sum of many parts lovingly combined for you to enjoy.
Brewing since 2012, Malt The Brewery is set in the heart of the beautiful Chiltern Hills. The brewery is in the original milk bottling hall on Collings Hanger Farm, Prestwood, Great Missenden. No longer a dairy herd at the farm, the Tamworth Pigs do get to enjoy the spent grains. It’s a lovely sustainable way to empty the mash tun on brew day. Everyone is welcome to visit the brewery and enjoy a pint at the Tasting Bar. It’s a unique experience that lets you overlook the brewing hall whilst savouring your pint.
Tasting Bar staff will be happy to offer you samples from our range of ales, helping you to find your favourite. Focusing on quality natural ingredients, and traditional brewing methods. All ales are entirely handmade, regardless of how you buy them.