Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day

Mother's Day at The VineyardOn any given day mum is often the hub of the family, from cleaning, taxi duties and cooking to being a shoulder to cry on. Say thank you to your mum this Mother’s Day by nurturing your loving bond with some mother and daughter spa time.

Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day. Our half spa days are ideal Mother’s Day gifts if you don’t have a whole day to spare. And in March enjoy a half day spa day for two for £120 saving £20. Available Monday to Friday. The half spa day includes use of the spa in the morning or afternoon, a freshly prepared Bento box lunch, one x 25 minute treatment each of your choice and tea, coffee and non-alcoholic refreshments.

A pamper evening for two is a great way to get away from it all and spend some quality time with mum in our tranquil spa. Enjoy full use of the facilities, a 25 minute treatment each and a main course from the California Bar menu for just £105 for two people.

If you can only spare an hour why not treat mum this Mother’s Day to a couple’s deluxe pedicure and have a good catch up whilst being pampered?

If time is an issue in your busy schedules, why not give the perfect pampering gift with our Red Grape Body Polish and Red grape Body Cream, which is exclusive to The Vineyard Spa.
This is the perfect combination to make your skin gleam. The Red Grape Body Polish will gently exfoliate any dead skin cells away leaving the skin feeling silky smooth while the Red Grape Body Cream will leave your skin beautifully nourished and hydrated.

We also offer our full range of spa days and treatments as gift vouchers, these last for a year so your mum is able to come and pamper herself at her own leisure. Browse our range of spa vouchers.

Events in Berkshire this March

Events in Berkshire this MarchLadies’ Lunch – Mojo & McCoy – The Vineyard

Monday 2nd March -12pm to 3pm

One of the events in Berkshire this March not to miss. Recently opened high end clothing shop in Hungerford, Mojo and McCoy, will showcase their latest range of clothing via a fashion show and talk you through the best buys for the up and coming season. With the race calendar about to begin for 2015, discover what to wear to stand out from the crowd and get some top racing tips for the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Friday 13th March.

Three course lunch with matching wines – £60 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

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Wine School – England – The Vineyard

Wednesday 4th March – 6.30pm to 8pm

England Just a few years ago, English wine was regarded as a misnomer, how that has all changed! We now can lay claim to producing some of the best sparkling wines to be found anywhere. This school will focus on those great competitors to Champagne of course, but will also have a useful insight into the range of aromatic white wines being produced, along with something pink and red. We will focus on Southern England from Kent to Cornwall.

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

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Royal Shakespeare Company – Love Labours Won

Wednesday 4th March – 7pm

The Corn Exchange
Watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Love Labours Won on a live broadcast at the Corn Exchange.

Tickets: £14.50, Concessions £12.50

Please call to book tickets on 0845 5218 218 or book via the website


An Audience with Jon Snow

Friday 6th March – 7.30pm

John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford

Join Jon Snow, longstanding presenter of Channel 4 News at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford for what will be a fascinating evening.

Tickets – £10

Please call John O’Gaunt School on 01488 682400 or Hungerford bookshop on 01488 683480 to book

Find out more on the John O’Gaunt School website


Mother’s Day at The Vineyard

Sunday 15th March

Relax on Mother’s Day and enjoy a three course lunch in our elegant restaurant with a glass of Schramsberg Rosé on arrival. All Mums will be treated to a gift from The Vineyard.

£60 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to reserve your table


Andy Parsons: Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious

Thursday 19th March – 7.45pm

The Corn Exchange
Andy Parsons is back on the road and heading for Newbury with his fifth show “Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious’. Having enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio as well as on the comedy circuit. Andy’s fifth tour will be packed with laughs with his brand or sharp witted and edgy comedy.

Tickets – £15

Call the box office to book your tickets on 0845 5218218 or book via the website


Tuxedo Junction

31st March – 11th April

The Watermill Theatre
A fantastic event in Berkshire this March. It’s the 1940’s, women are wearing their hair in victory rolls and dancing with the GI’s whilst Hollywood is booming. The music scene is booming with swing, Jazz and crooners and we’re off for a toe tapping ride across America.

Show Times:
Monday to Saturday evenings 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matineés 2.30pm
Saturday 11 April performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Ticket prices – £14.50 to £26.50

Please call The Watermill Theatre on 01635 46044 to book tickets.
Website – www.watermill.org.uk

The increasing popularity of English wines

Sparkling_Summer_HeaderSince I arrived in the UK in 2008, the reputation of English wines has not stopped growing. More and more consumers are aware of the quality of English estates such as Nyetimber and Chapel Down leading the market. During the past 15 years however, a fair amount of boutique wineries have emerged and improved.

We now hear a lot about English sparkling wines, but winemakers have proved that England is capable of also producing very good still wines.With over 400 vineyards planted in UK, there certainly is plenty of choice!

Here are my top five English wine recommendations below. It was a difficult choice to make though with so many incredible wines to choose from:

Wiston Wine Estate Goring NV
Based in the South Downs, the estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The 16 acres of chalky vineyard were planted in 2006 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This is an outstanding non vintage, fresh with a great minerality, aromas of fresh apple, citrus and very well balanced. I discovered this estate fairly recently, and for me it is one of England’s rising stars. www.wistonestate.com

Ridgeview Knightsbridge
Ridgeview was established in 1994 in Sussex and released its first wine in 1996. Knightsbridge is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This wine has a rich palate of ripe stone fruit with a creamy texture and a long finish. I do like riper styles of Champagne in general, and this wine is definitely to my taste. www.ridgeview.co.uk

Chapel Down Bacchus 2014
Bacchus is a cross of Silvaner and Riesling itself crossed with Müller-Thurgau. And what better name could have been given than the name of the Roman god of wine? The cooler English climate allows this grape to retain a higher acidity than in Germany, where it was created in 1933. This wine is a bit a Sauvignon Blanc with notes of citrus, fresh cut grass, a touch of tropical fruit and a lively acidity. A great match with a cold pea velouté. www.chapeldown.com

Gusbourne Estate Pinot Noir 2011
The story of winemaking at Gusbourne dates back to 2004 when Andrew Weeber took over the estate and planted the first grapes in the same year. Their first releases were their Brut Reserve and Blanc de Blancs 2006. This Pinot Noir is without a doubt the best English red wine I have tasted. It has a ripe and juicy palate with flavours of ripe red fruit, a hint of smokiness and spices. The palate is very well balanced and offers a great complexity. www.gusbourne.com

Nyetimber Demi Sec
Since its establishment in 1986, Nyetimber has been regarded as one of the leading English estates. They produce wines which have received several awards, but I think that the Demi-Sec is one of the most interesting in their range. The Chardonnay base gives a lovely creaminess to the wine as well as aromas of very ripe white and stone fruit, confit citrus and a touch of vanilla. We don’t usually find lots of those off dry sparkling wines, but this in undeniably a great wine to have with an afternoon tea or a light dessert like an Eton Mess. www.nyetimber.com

Try more of my favourite English wines at our English wine school on Wednesday 4th March when I’ll be focusing on estates in Southern England from Kent to Cornwall. Discover more about this wine school. Just £30 per person. also browse our long list online containing a variety of fantastic English wines to enjoy.

Santé

Romain Bourger
Head Sommelier at The Vineyard

New Look for Cocktail Bar at The Vineyard

Cocktail bar at The VineyardUpdated by Liz Cleall Interiors, our cocktail bar at The Vineyard now has an elegant and sumptuous feel to it thanks to the luxury armchairs, lighting, tables, blinds and small sculptures all locally sourced from carefully selected suppliers. As well as the new furniture and soft furnishings, the bar has also been extended to accommodate our 100 wines available by the glass.

wallpaperAs we are all about wine here at The Vineyard, one of the luxurious wallpapers that now adorn the walls has a gold cork print, whilst the other has an elegant vinyl look. Both have been sourced from Altfield, a leading resource for beautiful textiles, wallcoverings and leather, distributing a number of high end lines from around the world.

The 1950’s floor lamp and mirror over the one of the sofas have been carefully chosenCocktail bar - lamp, mirror and sofa from Julian Chichester’s collection. Julian Chichester has established an enviable reputation for classically inspired, quality English furniture.

We are also proud to have two small glass sculptures made by well known local sculptor Johannes Von Stumm who is famous for combining three different materials; glass, granite and iron. He has attracted public and critical acclaim in a decade of successful exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad.

Our stylish scatter cushions on most of the cosy armchairs have been sourced from Wemyss who are dedicated to producing high quality fabrics with a wide selection of beautiful textures, patterns and colours. Most fabrics are 75% natural fibres to ensure a lovely handle.

Liz spent time searching for the perfect sofas for the cocktail bar and eventually found the smart shallow button back Manhattan sofas at Kingcome Sofas who have an excellent reputation for manufacturing the highest quality upholstered furniture in a wide range of designs from traditional to contemporary.

Events in Berkshire this FebruaryWe look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurnished cocktail bar soon to enjoy our range of unique cocktail and over 100 wines by the glass. The cocktail bar is also ideal for group wine tastings and cocktail making masterclasses. For more details on where Liz sourced the furniture and soft furnishings for the cocktail bar, please visit her website – www.elizabethcleallinteriors.co.uk

Photographs taken by www.ahpphotography.co.uk

Wild Garlic is in season

I love this time of year when wild garlic is in season. The white flowers are really pretty and I love the soft garlicky flavour they produce when cooked; it’s not as strong as the everyday garlic you’ll find in supermarkets. The flowers are not only fantastic with salmon and lamb, but are also great in salads. You can also eat the leaves and the stem, both of which can be used in cooking.

Found near streams, wetland areas, in nature reserves and also funnily enough you will find it growing in woodland areas amongst bluebells. It’s great to be able to walk through the woods and smell the wild garlic.

There’s so much that goes well with wild garlic, but my particular favourites are cooking up a garlic veloute and a small parmesan espuma, parfait! Look out for wild garlic infused dishes at The Vineyard soon.

I am also hosting the Magnificent Seven Dinner on Friday 20th March together with seven of my very best suppliers all providing one ingredient that will be used in each dish.A wild garlic veloute and morels Fricassee is the first course matched with a fantastic Rioja. The garlic is kindly being supplied by Mash Purveyors.  Discover more about the dinner and view the full menu online

I’d love to hear all about what your wild garlic recipes so please message me on Twitter @danielgalmiche.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Daniel Galmiche
Executive Chef at The Vineyard

Events in Berkshire this February

Events in Berkshire this FebruaryLadies’ Lunch – Colour Consultant

Monday 2nd February – 12pm to 3pm
Kate Jones is a Star Consultant with House of Colour and specialises in personal styling and colour analysis to the stars. She will explain how colour analysis and styling works, and give guests hints and tips to take away from the event.

Three course lunch with matching wines

£60 per person
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Wine School – Rhône Valley

Wednesday 4th February – 6.30pm to 8pm
In all of the classic French Viticultural regions, it is probably the Rhône Valley that offers the most diversity of style. This school will take our guests down through the valley and showcase the classic regions and styles. A school for the classical drinker!
£30 per person
Wine school & two courses with matching wines in our California Bar- £55 per person

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Wildlife Art Exhibition at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Saturday 7th to Sunday 22nd February – 10.30 to 4pm
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife trusts present the Wildlife Art Exhibition. An exhibition of local artist Jonathan Pomroy will be on display at the Nature Discovery Centre during February.

Jonathan has staged a number of very successful exhibitions at the Nature Discovery Centre (NDC) over the last 20 years, and was in fact the Centre’s very first visitor when they opened the doors on 15th January 1995.

Jonathan has gone on to become a very well known and collected wildlife artist, regularly exhibiting at venues across the country, and has shown at the Mall Galleries with the Society of Wildlife Artists. He has a passion for painting wildlife & landscapes from extensive field work in all weathers.

This exhibition will include 25 of Jonathan’s most recent works including a number of wetland landscapes and bird studies.

Jonathan will also be running a sketching workshop on 7th February.

Price – donations welcome.

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The Secret Adversary at Watermill Theatre

Thursday 12th February to Saturday 21st March
There are many events in Berkshire this February that are not to be missed including this performance. The Watermill Theatre in association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions are showing Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary. A Tommy & Tuppence Thriller. Adapted by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari.

Agatha Christie’s gripping thriller follows the daring and dizzying adventures of Tommy & Tuppence through 1920s London.

Home from the War, flat-broke and unemployed, our twenty-something heroes embark on a daring business scheme: ‘The Young Adventurers Limited’… willing to go anywhere, willing to do anything. But their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined and they quickly find themselves sucked into a perilous world of political intrigue, criminal conspiracy, murder and mayhem.

Launching as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the author’s birth, The Secret Adversary takes to the stage for the very first time in this inventive new adaptation shot through with fast-paced action, comedy, live music and a dash of romance.

Tickets from £14.50 to £26.50

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Bordeaux Wine Dinner with Vine Trail

Friday 27th February – 7pm onwards
Vine Trail are specialist importers of artisanal, small domaine French wines. Using no agents or brokers, Vine Trail have developed a very individual selection of wines, and for this dinner they will focus on matching organic wines of Bordeaux with Daniel’s dishes.
Five course dinner with matching wines
£95 per person
Stay the night with breakfast from £173.50 per person

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Champions of Magic at The Corn Exchange

Saturday 28th February – 7.45pm onwards
Join our award winning team of tricksters for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come.

Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation, levitation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.

Champions Of Magic, the UK’s largest touring magic show, features 5 of the world’s finest magicians, including –

‘Young & Strange’ – Grand Illusionists as seen on ITV’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’
“Fantastic, just amazing” Jonathan Ross

‘Fay Presto’ – Queen of Close-up magic, having performed for every member of the Royal Family

Alex McAleer – Master Mind Reader as featured on ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’

Edward Hilsum – IBM International Champion Of Stage Magic 2014

Prices – £16.50 to £21

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Jay Antiques Fairs in Hungerford

Saturday 28th February – 8.30am to 4pm
Events in Berkshire this February include the Jay Fairs, which will be visiting Hungerford Antiques Market again where there will be 40 quality stalls for the antique enthusiast. When you have finished visiting the Antiques Market why not enjoy Hungerford, which is fortunate to maintain a traditional high street that is crammed with independent shops ranging from three Antiques arcades and numerous other dealers through to bespoke clothing, pretty home wares and destination shops for countryside pursuits and jewellery.

Prices – £1

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Celebrate Valentine’s at The Vineyard this February

rosesandsuitcase-914x437Valentine’s is all about spending time with your loved one, and with many of us having busy schedule, it’s the perfect reason to treat yourself and partner by booking a spa day or evening, having a couples massages, enjoying a romantic dinner for two or Champagne afternoon tea.

FacialVoted the most romantic retreat by the Good Spa Guide, The Vineyard Spa is the ideal place to come for a romantic day with your partner. Relax in the tranquil surroundings and enjoying spending time with just the two of you. We have plenty of spa days and evenings to choose from whatever your budget and the time you have to spare. From our pampering evening where you’ll be treated to a 25 minute treatment, a main course from our spa menu and use of the spa for four hours during the evening to our Ultimate Spa Day, which includes three relaxing treatments of your choice, a Bento Box lunch, light refreshments throughout the day and full use of the spa pool, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna rooms and poolside area.

We are lucky enough to have a couple’s treatment room, perfect for a romantic massage or facial. Choose from our range of Darphin and VitaMan facials and massages, or choose a treatment from our signature selection. Browse our treatment brochure for our full list of treatments.

For 13th and 14th February, our Executive Chef, Daniel Galmiche has created a special fiveCheese board with wine - 377 x 221 course tasting menu with matching wines and a special sharing dessert for Valentine’s at The Vineyard. This time of year is always popular with our guests, but we do have limited availability. Browse the menu and call us to reserve your table if you’d like to celebrate with us and why not stay the night?

Think delicious cakes, pastries and mini sandwiches, plus a glass of chilled Champagne in luxurious surroundings and you have Champagne afternoon tea at The Vineyard. Delicately created by our Head Pastry Chef, Anthony Millon, you’ll be in afternoon tea heaven. Browse our sample menu to whet your appetite.

The Best of Winter Wines

glassesinarow - 580 x 288Well, Christmas has passed, New Year celebrations are done, however winter is still firmly here with all it’s cold, dark mornings and evenings…makes you really fancy a glass of wine!

I’ve always been quite a seasonal drinker, trying to match season to wine style, and rich, heartwarming  winter wines are in my focus this month, along with fortified wines to banish the chill. Here’s a selection of what I’ll be opening over the next few weeks now that my 24-hour detox is over…

2011 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California (£21.12 per bottle)

Rich, blackcurrant-led fruit, spice and vanilla from the oak. This remains one of the best Sunday roast bottles in our house, and works just great with a decent rib roast. Of course, a nice rare T-Bone would accommodate this also!

2004 Vina Bosconia Reserva, Lopez de Heredia, Rioja, Spain (£26.04 per bottle)

My favourite Rioja, made in a timeless, old-school manner. Tempranillo fruit allied to extended oak ageing gives a very classy wine indeed. A classic partner to lamb, but venison is a superb partner too.

NV Sugrue Pierre, Goring Brut, England (£29.87 per bottle)

Can’t exist on red wine alone? Well try this “frankly better than many Champagnes in my opinion” fizz made not that far away by legendary winemaker Dermot Sugrue (he of Nyetimber fame). Loaded with biscuity, brioche notes, citrus flavours and a lovely finish. You all need a bottle of this in the fridge to banish winter blues.

2012 Talley Estate Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande, California (£21.56 per bottle)

Another is our good friend and probably the world’s most revered critic Mr Parker has showered praise upon this winter wine so it probably won’t be around for long! However, if you do get to us in time, you’ll experience a lovely balance of citrus fruit and vanilla – just perfect with chicken dishes and quite highly spiced foods.

1998 Justino’s Colheita Madeira, Madeira (£21.17 per half-bottle)

Finally, a favourite fortified…vintage dated Madeira in very useful halves. Liquid Christmas pudding is the bast tasting note I can think of, with surprisingly high acidity. It’s the perfect end to dinner or as a warming post prandial late-evening…

If food and wine pairing is your thing, why not join us for our Bordeaux wine dinner on 27th February? Discover more

Enjoy!

James Hocking
Director of Wine

January Events in Berkshire

January Events in Berkshire

January Events in Berkshire

9th to 30th January – Basildon Park – Lift the January Blues

10am to 3pm
There are lots of January events in Berkshire that you can enjoy including this great trail to explore in Basildon Park. Blow away the cobwebs with a motivational trail around the 400 acre historic parkland as you get ready for the year ahead. Take a tour around the Georgian Manor that was lovingly restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. And why not treat yourself to a cream tea and experience the nostalgia of their 1950s kitchen?

Suitable for all ages. Normal Admission Charges Apply.
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23rd January – Lee Nelson – Suited and Booted at New Greenham Arts

National tour warm-up – 7.30pm
Lee Nelson is back with a brand new show and will be warming up for us highly anticipated nationwide tour with a series of intimate gigs! He’s hosted Live at the Apollo and you may have caught him trying to join the England Squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent.
“Never lost for words, never less than ingenious. . . a seamlessly entertaining touring show” The Times.
Tickets – £15
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25th January – WSET Level 1 Award in Wine at The Vineyard

9.30 to 5pm
Improve your wine knowledge with this informative and fun January event in Berkshire. Learn all about wine and gain an internationally recognised qualification in one day. Plus, enjoy a three course lunch with matching wines. This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in wine and would like to know more about the different wine styles, food and wine pairing, and the correct way to store and serve wine.
£199 per person
Please contact us on 01635 589407 to book and for further details see our website


25th January – Bolshoi Live – Swan Lake at the Corn Exchange

This is a not to be missed January event in Berkshire. Live and Encore performances by the Bolshoi Ballet on screen at the Corn Exchange direct from Moscow. Swan Lake tells the tragic love story of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.
Tickets from £12
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