Oz Clarke is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. Oz brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit to the subject and has won major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA. Oz presented the long-running TV series Food And Drink between 1982 and 2002, as well as The Big Wine Adventure with James May, and two series with the comedian Hugh Dennis. His latest book, Oz Clarke's World Of Wine, is published by Pavilion Books.
Visit an excellent Kent winery aboard the British Pullman, A Belmond Train with Oz Clarke
Join us for a memorable summer's day in June on board a private luxury train as it glides through the unspoilt Kent countryside.
You'll get a sense of the grandeur of the British Pullman as soon as you arrive at London Victoria and meet liveried stewards and fellow guests excited for the delightful journey ahead. As you travel, a delicious brunch will be served in your beautiful Art Deco carriage, at a table set with pristine white linen and bespoke glassware.
Marvel at the ever-changing views through your picture window as the train courses through the Kent countryside and watch the scenery become greener and greener, as you arrive in the chalky downlands that are so sought-after by winemakers.
Making this day trip extra special is a visit to the wonderful 400 acre wine estate, home of Balfour Winery, with wine expert Oz Clarke, who'll host an informative tutored tasting. You'll be welcomed with a glass of their delicious bubbly, created in the same way as fine French Champagnes, and get a fascinating insight into grape-to-glass winemaking with an illuminating guided tour.
Spend time wandering the peaceful estate, which comprises 400-acres of manicured vineyards, apple orchards, wildflower meadows and ancient oak woodland, all rich in flora and fauna.
On the homeward journey you'll be treated to an exceptional gastronomic four-course dinner, accompanied by the sommelier's carefully selected wines. Soak in the exquisite surroundings of the train and the heavenly views from the windows. Before long, you'll arrive back in London Victoria, as your wonderful day to the Kent countryside comes to an end.
This trip is also operating with special guest Dame Joanna Lumley - find out more here.
Reasons to book
Exclusive wine tasting with Oz Clarke
Board the exquisite British Pullman
Sample excellent wines
Your expert guide
- Round-trip travel aboard the British Pullman, a Belmond Train from London Victoria
- Welcome sparkling Bellini Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey
- Morning tea and coffee
- Champagne reception back on board
- Sumptuous four-course dinner: British seasonal table d'hôte menu
- Half a bottle of wine per person Coffee, tea and petits fours
- Small group wine tasting hosted by Oz Clarke
- Welcome glass of English sparkling wine on arrival at Balfour Winery
- Tutored wine tasting and guided vineyard tour at Balfour Winery
Day1Journey from London to Kent, and returnTonbridge, United Kingdom
Embark the stylish British Pullman at London Victoria. Soon, the train departs and your trip begins. With a glass of chilled champagne in hand, settle in to enjoy the journey and watch the beautiful Kent countryside go past.
Enjoy a slower pace of travel as you revel in the atmosphere of your smart Art Deco carriage. Enjoy a three-course brunch on the journey to Kent.
You'll visit Balfour Winery, where you'll sample their award-winning wines and enjoy a tutored tasting from Oz Clarke, one of the world's leading wine experts.
On your return journey, you'll savour a gastronomic four-course dinner with wine pairings; expect a delicious seasonal menu inspired by the British countryside.
British Pullman, A Belmond Train
There is no finer way to travel than on the luxurious Belmond train.
Honouring George Mortimer Pullman, the father of luxury trains, the splendidly refurbished British Pullman epitomises a glamorous era of travel. Each carriage is individually named and has a fascinating story. Some were favoured by the British Royal Family, and two were part of Winston Churchill's funeral train. Others, like Audrey and Vera, survived bomb damage during air raids over London's Victoria Station in 1940. Today, the opulent carriages are set out in tables, ready to welcome guests as they dine on their journeys through the British countryside.
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From price is per person, based on two people sharing a two-seat table, subject to availability. £519pp price includes £100pp saving. Includes a surcharge of £20pp to guarantee the table of two, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Full payment required at the time of booking. **The vineyards may be wet underfoot, please wear/bring suitable footwear. Travel insurance should be taken out at time of booking. The train is not wheelchair accessible. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd.