Rathfinny Wine Estate

Sussex, England

Long, lazy summer lunches should always have a plentiful supply of wine, at least that’s how we like them, so setting yourself up in a vineyard makes perfect sense, especially one that serves up a local menu perfectly attuned to al fresco dining. But this isn’t Provence or Tuscany we’re talking about – this is Sussex, England, where Rathfinny Wine Estate now have their Summer Kitchen open. Looking out across the vineyard, while sipping a sparkling white or rosé, you’re served up the best of the seasons, from chicken smoked over vines with apricot and tart of summer squash with High Weald ricotta and sage pesto, to a simple finale of baked cheesecake with Sussex strawberries and elderflower. In addition to The Summer Kitchen, the Tasting Room, set on a secluded bank, serves heartier fare and tasting menus. rathfinnyestate.com

Words by Alex Mead.

This review was taken from the June 2023 issue of Food and Travel.

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