Britain's best tipples
It's no secret that we Brits like a tipple, but did you know we make refreshing beers, cloudy ciders, and delicious wine? Whatever your drink of choice, you can discover the finest British beer, wine and cider with some of our favourite tours and festivals.
The popularity of British wine has soared in recent years, and there are now hundreds of vineyards across Britain. Our favourites? Adgestone Vineyards on the Isle of Wight, which has produced wine for the Queen; Glyndwr Vineyard, the oldest established and family-run vineyard in Wales, and Denbies Wine Estate for its ‘Indoor Wine Experience’ tours. If that’s given you a taste for all things grape, don’t miss English Wine Week, where you can experience the best of English wine at hundreds of events across the country.
We love our beer in Britain, and with over 800 breweries in the UK producing thousands of different beers, there’s always something new to try. Discover the secrets behind some of our most famous beers with a tour of the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in London; explore Shepherd Neame Brewery - Britain’s oldest brewery, and for something a little different, take a Rail Ale Tour – a train journey through Devon and Cornwall which takes in traditional real ales and fine pubs along the way. And if you’re a true British beer lover, you won’t want to miss the annual Great British Beer Festival.
With a countryside rich in orchards, Britain has been producing cider for years. For a taste of the real thing, head to Herefordshire or the West Country, where cider farms are plentiful. Our top picks are the Cider Museum in Hereford, where you can explore original cider champagne cellars, and the Burrow Hill Cider Farm in Somerset, where you can follow the orchard trail on a guided tour. And why not indulge your inner cider connoisseur at a cider festival? Try the Reading Beer & Cider Festival, Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival and Cornish Cider Festival.