With 30,000 impeccably curated bottles of wine in the cellar and 25 delicious gins behind the bar, The Vineyard is a libation-filled lap of luxury – and one lucky Craft Gin Club member has a golden ticket to this amazing experience. So be sure to check your April Gin of the Month box - you might just be our winner!
Since it first opened its doors in March 1998, The Vineyard has been known for its incredible food and extensive wine list. A former 19th century hunting lodge, The Vineyard was bought in 1996 by Sir Peter Michael, a veteran of the hospitality industry with a serious passion for wine. He spent the next two years fixing it up, and it wasn’t long before this Berkshire property became well known for its food and wine.
But these days, Managing Director Andrew Mckenzie explains, The Vineyard can offer far more than just delicious dining. “The Vineyard was once known as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, but now it’s established as the UK’s leading wine hotel.”
Under the watchful gaze of Wine Director James Hocking and Head Sommelier Romain Bourger, The Vineyard's wine list has grown to a staggering 30,000 bottles – more than 5,000 bottles of which are showcased in the hotel’s iconic wine vault.
And, with 25 beautiful bottles of gin stocked at the hotel’s California Bar, this hotel is as well suited to gin lovers as wine aficionados.
True enthusiasts of taste, the bartenders at The Vineyard will serve up your G&T in a classic Copa glass packed with ice and paired with a perfectly selected garnish to complement the botanicals in your chosen tipple.
And once you’ve tasted and tried the G&T of your dreams, it’s on to the next taste sensation: dinner! Nobody can come to The Vineyard without trying the delicious delicacies whipped up Head Chef Robby Jenks in the hotel’s 3 AA rosette restaurant.
At the helm of the kitchen is Robby, an inspirational chef who takes local, sustainable and seasonable produce to deliver a triumphant blend of old world taste and new world valuesRecreating classic dishes using modern techniques, Robby delivers a simple but perfect dining experience.
The pampering doesn’t end after dinner. With a five star spa right on the premises, guests can unwind in beautiful surroundings, availing themselves of a jacuzzi, circular pool, steam room and sauna. And – if you’re fancying another tipple – you can sip a G&T in the poolside relaxation area.
In fact, a vibe of elegance and relaxation pervades the entire premises. “Atmosphere is everything at The Vineyard,” explains Marwan Hemchaoui, General Manager at The Vineyard. “We’re renowned for our impeccable service, but we aren’t pretentious or stuffy. We want our guests to feel relaxed and like they’re in good company.”
For two lucky Craft Gin Club members, this dream night away is about to become a reality. This month’s special golden ticket prize is a once in a lifetime stay at The Vineyard, complete with a G&T on arrival and an amazing five course tasting menu in the hotel’s celebrated restaurant.
Who gets to take this fabulous gin trip? Whichever lucky Craft Gin Club member finds that tell-tale glimmer of gold in the bottom of their April Gin of the Month box...