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‘A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a unique setting.’ Dedicated to the promotion of English wines, owners Christine and Colin Munday have given this enterprise, in landscaped gardens on the South Downs, a new lease of life. Guests find ‘smart and comfortable’ accommodation, with original art, in the converted Green Oak Barn; the small restaurant in the neighbouring Flint Barn has a ‘short, but interesting’ seasonal menu, and unusual wines by the glass. Mark Goodwin is chef. Wine lovers can explore the 140 varieties of English wine on sale in the shop; ‘staff are knowledgeable and helpful’. Bar/lounge, restaurant (no background music). Garden with water features. Tutored wine tastings; vineyard tours. Wi-Fi. Civil wedding licence. 5 bedrooms. B&B.
The Good Hotel Guide 2013; Great Britain and Ireland. Page 521

“A nerve centre of the English wine industry, it is a dynamic complex with a shop, boutique hotel and restaurant. It also offers wine tastings, as well as vineyard tours in the area,”
Harriet O’Brien, The Independent, October 2011

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“…diners get a great deal: accompany your meal with anything they stock (140 English wines) and pay just £5 more than the retail price – a tiny mark-up,”
Simon Burnton, The Guardian, September 2011

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“Now that the previously lunch-only restaurant is open for dinner at weekends, and with stylish and well-appointed rooms just across the courtyard, one can explore some of the finest English wines available, without resorting to the spittoon or arguing about who is the driver,”
Jonathan Gregson, Evening Standard travel section, 3 August 2011.

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“I sat in the garden with a book and a glass, revelling in this wine-centre-with-rooms concept, before retiring to my own smart room,”
Tom Chesshyre, The cool hotel guide, The Times travel section, 30 July 2011.

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“As you might expect, the English Wine Centre, which exclusively sells English wine, has a food operation that goes big on local fare,”
Alex Leith, Viva Lewes, June 2011.

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“The English Wine Centre & Cuckmere Barns near Alfriston, East Sussex, opens a new boutique hotel in a traditional Sussex barn…”
Last Minute Hotel News, Evening Standard travel section, 7 March 2011.

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