East of England

Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

West Street English Tasting Menu

11 July 2014 - 7:00pm

To celebrate summer, the talented kitchen crew at West Street Vineyard have put together a special menu to pair with English wines.

Starting with English cucumber gazpacho and running through to an East Anglian cheese plate, there will be six courses and six wines.

Head to the Vineyard's engaging facebook page to find out more.


£60 inc 6 wines

Open Weekend at DJ Wines

6 December 2013 - 8 December 2013

DJ Wines is an enterprising artisan producer of fruit wines, liqueurs and mead in Monk Soham, Suffolk.

Long established, the business was bought by Derek a few years ago, and the whole range has been freshened up.

The Swan Beer Festival

6 September 2013 - 8 September 2013

The Swan Inn at Stratford St Mary in Suffolk is holding its first beer festival since being bought by beer doyen, Mark Dorber.

Renowned for introducing great beer to a wider audience during his tenure at The White Horse at Parsons Green, Dorber’s new gaff already boasts up to 70 bottled beers, 10 taps, plus wine and beer matching tips for every dish on the locally-sourced menu.

West Street Vineyard and Visitor Centre

Located within walking distance of the beautiful village of Coggeshall, just to the west of Colchester and within an hour of East London, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the New World as you sit overlooking the vineyard in the blonde wood and open-windowed café.

Wander over to the wine wall and choose from any number of English wines while you enjoy a platter of local cheese or cold cuts for lunch. Venture out into the vineyard or sign up for a wine tasting course – Jane Mohan's delightful Wine Barn caters for all.

  • Tours
  • Café and/or Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Child Friendly
  • Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Harvest Days
  • Eco Initiatives

Aspall's Harry Sparrow Cyder

Launched earlier this year, Aspall’s Harry Sparrow cyder, is named after an Aspall’s cyder house legend who spent over 50 years at the family producer. “It’s a tribute to a remarkable man and the many years of dedication to his craft,” says eighth generation cidermaker, Henry Chevallier Guild.

4.6% Available on draught and in 50cl bottles

Bateman's Beer Festival

Batemans Brewery
4 October 2013 - 6 October 2013

Batemans is opening its doors for one of its lively Beer Festivals on the first weekend in October.

Head to the Visitors Centre in Wainfleet to sample the range of Bateman's beers plus a dozen visiting brews. 

Fri: 6.30pm start; £3.50 on Fri evening, rest of the weekend, entry is free. 

Norwich City of Ale Political Debate

Norwich City of Ale
1 June 2012 - 7:00pm

Sparks might fly as shadow Pubs Minister Toby Perkins (Lab) takes on local MPs Chloe Smith (Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Con) and Simon Wright (Lib Dem). BBC East's David Whiteley takes the umpire's for the evening. This is your chance to join in what is likely to be a heated debate covering good beer, community and the survival of pubs.

Perfect start to the evening, after which you can either sample some of the ales at the venue, the Festival hub, St Gregory's Centre for the Arts, or venture to one of the other City Centre pubs.

Time Gentlemen Please!

6 June 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chris Higgins is a man with two hats. Not only landlord at the popular Trafford Arms, the pub everyone would love to have at the end of their street, he's also Sheriff of Norwich.

Spend an hour in his company and hear about his career serving the good people of Norwich, then make a trip to his popular pub. Choose between lively front bars with his historical bottle collection at one end, or the white walled, leather sofa-ed snug.

Really part of the community, Chris makes a point of supporting charities close to his customers' hearts. This year it's Downs Syndrome. We wish him well.

The Fusion, Norwich; admission free

Traditional Pub Games at Ribs of Beef

5 June 2012 - 7:30pm

Join Ribs of Beef's genial hosts Roger and Anthea Cawdron for an evening of traditional pub games at their riverside hostelry.

This historic building sits by one of the earliest bridges crossing the Wensum and had been an inn for over 200 years before being delicensed in the 1950s.

Norwich City of Ale Launch Party

31 May 2012 - 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Likely to be the hottest ticket in town, join City of Ale founders Phil Cutter and Dawn Leeder as they celebrate the beginning of this year's festival.

Rub shoulders with local dignitaries the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Norwich, special guest Mike Benner, CEO of the Campaign for Real Ale, and an array of Norwich publicans and Norfolk brewers at St Gregory's Centre for the Arts.

Ticket only; keep an eye on the City of Ale website for news of when the tickets go on sale.