the vineyard supper club you need to visit

Stuck for fun ideas on a Friday evening? Well, look no further. Albourne Estate is hosting a series of street food pop-ups every Friday night over the summer and we couldn’t be more excited.

If you’ve not been to this family-owned winery before, this is a perfect opportunity to have a glass of their tasty vino – they also keep their tasting room open – and meander through the vineyard – their tasting room will also b Nestled in the rolling hills of the South Downs, the scenery is pretty impressive and we can see why the great British vineyard is having a moment right now.

With a festival-style atmosphere, there’s bags of room outside for kids to run around and a petanque pitch for those who are up for a bit of competitive fun. Bring a big blanket to graze on the grass or perch up on one of the picnic tables under the sheltered tipi if it gets a little drizzly.

Street food trucks include the likes of Safari Pizza, who serve delicious wood-fired pizzas with an African twist (think ostrich, biltong and peri peri chicken), alongside all the usual favourites.

If hot gooey raclette cheese is more your thing, then Specs and Bear (@specsandbear) will get your mouth watering. Layered over herby potatoes and topped with either beef or vegan chilli and lashings of homemade toppings, it’s guaranteed to melt (and, let’s be honest, potentially clog) your heart.

Local foodies in the know will be delighted to hear that Chilli Shaak is having a guest residency at the end of August.  Specialising in authentic Indian street food and Thali platters, all their food is deliciously fresh, colourful and full of flavour. You’ll be able to choose between either the Jeera chicken curry or the Calabash and tomato curry and each Thali platter comes with enough sides to sink a battleship. Think pickles, samosas, popadoms, bhajas, rice and heavenly dips.

Friday, 29th July:        Safari Pizza
Friday, 12th August: Specs & Bear 
Friday, 19th August: Safari Pizza|
Friday 26th August: Chilli Shaak (pre-booking required)

You can book a time slot for the pizza if you like, but you only need to buy advance tickets for Chilli Shaak. There’s heaps of space, but if you’d rather secure yourself a table, you can email or give them a ring on 01273 831222.

Albourne is just a 15-minute drive from Brighton or you can hop in a taxi from Hassocks, the nearest train station. Enjoy!

Fridays from 29th July (except 5th August); 5pm – 9pm
Albourne Farm, Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9DX

By Danielle Baird

Photo credit: Albourne Estate