Our local vineyard had a food and drink festival today. Yes, that’s right – Hertfordshire has a vineyard! You will find it in Frithsden tucked away up a pretty lane behind The Alford Arms. They produce delicious white and rose wine using Solaris and Rondo grapes and you can taste before you buy (£9.50 a bottle) just to put your mind at rest that this really is English wine, and yes it does taste great.
They are open Friday-Sunday 11-6, and for lunches and afternoon tea on weekends in the summer. Today they invited small local producers to sell cakes, flapjacks, honey, jam and cheese. We bought fresh raspberry jam, which was still warm, and flapjacks from The Village Flapjack Company. A local group fundraising for Leukemia Research sold homemade cakes and tea.
We explored the vineyards and tasted the wine, with the Solaris being our favourite. In the Autumn you can go along to help with the grape picking, which is all done by hand. And here is me doing research:
On the way home we found Rumbler’s Farm Shop which is on a lane between Potten End and Frithsden which sold fantastic produce at bargain prices. A generous bag of Kent cherries was 65p and a loaf of granary bread £1.50. Broad beans were again 65p. They also sold locally produced meat and free-range eggs.