Bluebell Vineyard

Best of British Supper Club

in association with Bluebell Vineyard Estates

A series of relaxed dinners hosted by Andrei Lussmann introducing the best of British at the Lussmanns table. Producers, farmers and industry experts join Andrei to share knowledge and stories about the wonderful and ever-evolving landscape of farming today.

Book and enjoy an evening of either top-draw English sparkling, best of British beer, award-winning Regional farmhouse cheeses or locally-produced organic meat from field to fork.

For details of the evening, please see below dates for more information;

DateEventPrice 
 
16th FebEnglish sparkling by Bluebell Vineyard Estates from Sussex – St Albans£49.50 each
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SOLD OUT
23rd FebEric Charriaux cheese evening, Berkhamsted£45 each
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SOLD OUT
2nd MarchEric Charriaux cheese evening, St Albans£45 each
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SOLD OUT
9th MarchRoger Protz & Tring Brewery evening, Berkhamsted£45 each
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16th MarchStuart Roberts, Hammonds End Organic Farm, Harpenden – organic farming and meat evening, St Albans£45 each
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SOLD OUT
23rd MarchRoger Protz & Mad Squirrel Brewery, St Albans£45 each
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SOLD OUT

Price – as above per person incl. VAT

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  • A complimentary glass of Bluebell sparkling cuvee will be served from 19.00 followed by a three-course dinner from 19:30 and finished with complimentary Cornish tea or organic Bristol roasted coffee.
  • Menus will be a selection of classic Lussmanns dishes including a choice from two starters, two main courses and two puddings. Vegan/vegetarian options available on request. The only exception to this is the organic meat evening, which won’t contain any vegetarian options. Menus are now available and can be seen below. Allergen menus will be available here from 1st February 2023. 
  • Throughout the beer & sparkling wine evening there will be complimentary samples as part of the tasting experience in addition to any drinks purchased. The cheese evening will end with a complimentary cheese board for all guests.
  • All dinners will cost £45.00pp excl. service, apart from the Bluebell English Sparkling evening (16th Feb) which is £49.50pp excl. service. All tickets paid via Stripe. Minimum purchase – two tickets (Please book below).
  • Dinners will be hosted by Andrei and his special guest/guests.
  • All dinners will be held at Lussmanns, please check your venue.
  • Email confirmation will follow after your purchase via Stripe.


Bluebell Vineyard Estates – 16th February (St Albans – sold out)

Set amidst bluebell-strewn woods from which the vineyard derives its name, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is an award-winning vineyard and winery in the heart of Sussex, on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.
Since our first plantings in 2005, we have been driven by the desire to produce still and sparkling wines that can rival the best in the world, and we work meticulously from the ‘grape to glass’ to achieve this. The Estates span a total of 100 acres and grow ten grape varieties from sparkling varieties such as Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir to still varieties such as Bacchus and Chasselas.

Kevin Sutherland – Head Winemaker

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin was born in New Zealand and moved across to the UK in 1988. He arrived with no prior viticulture experience and launched himself into learning the craft of winemaking with a practical and hands on approach by working at several vineyards including St Georges Vineyard in Sussex and also Plumpton College, a land-based college with the country’s leading wine division.
Kevin joined Bluebell Vineyards Estates from year one in 2004 and is responsible for all the original plantings at the vineyard and the infrastructure of the winery. He is dedicated to producing ‘fruit-forward, aromatic, quality wines’ and this is reflected in his achievement of over 50 recognised wine awards.

Alice Griffiths – Cellar Door Manager and Marketing

Alice Griffiths

Alice is Bluebell Vineyards Estates Cellar Door and Marketing Manager. She has a background in Agriculture studying at Newcastle University before going on to lecture in Biosciences and Nutrition in Newcastle at Kirkley Hall College. Alice discovered a love of English wine after moving to the South and discovering the vineyards of the Southeast and the rapidly growing English Wine industry. This passion was developed and furthered by joining Bluebell in 2021 as Cellar Door Manager.
Alice is an advocate for English wine and supports it via her popular Instagram page offering insights into English Viticulture.

Arrival
Hindleap Classic Cuvee 2015, East Sussex
Menu
MSC cod cheek tempura
tartar sauce
Or
Chicory salad
Somerset ewe’s curd poached pear & walnuts
Pairing for both starters – Ashdown Bacchus 2020, East Sussex
Roast Halibut fillet
Norfolk brown shrimps & creamed spinach
Or
Free-range apple-fed cockerel & tarragon fricassee
Pairing for both mains – Hindleap Blanc de Blanc Brut 2015, East Sussex
Jam roly-poly pudding
crème Anglaise
Or
Best of British cheese board
Pairing for both desserts – Bluebell Ruby Red Sparkling NV, East Sussex

Cornish tea & Bristol roasted organic coffee

Seasonal vegetables provided
Vegan or vegetarian options available in request
Order in advance required.


National Farmer’s Union Deputy President – Stuart Roberts – 16th  March (St Albans)

Stuart is the Former Deputy President of the National Farmers Union. He is a third generation arable and livestock farmer who has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency. He has also held senior management roles within the meat supply chain.

Stuart currently farms 120 hectares in Harpenden and is an advocate for both sustainable farming and creating food supply chains that brings farmers and consumers much closer together. Stuart is also currently assisting the Liberal Democrats develop their portfolio of food, farming and environmental policies.

Arrival
Hindleap Classic Cuvee 2015, East Sussex
Menu
Hammonds End sautéed lambs liver
woodland-reared pancetta
red wine & balsamic dressing
Or
Hammonds End organic Bombas
Croquette of organic mutton, mashed potato and salsa brava
Hammonds End Ox cheek bourguignon
mash & red wine jus
Or
North African spiced lamb rump
sheep’s curd and piedmont pepper salad –
Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden
Spotted dick
crème Anglaise
Or
Poached Lincolnshire rhubarb & blood orange sorbet

Cornish tea & Bristol roasted organic coffee

Seasonal vegetables provided
Vegan or vegetarian options available in request
Order in advance required.


Eric Charriaux – Cheese man to Raymond Blanc – 23rd Feb (Berkhamsted – sold out) & 2nd March (St Albans – sold  out)

Eric Charriaux

My family roots are mostly in Normandy, and I remember that a Camembert was always on the table in the evening. Now and again, another cheese would be present, but always from Normandy, French people have very strong regional cultures and allegiance.

For the past 20 odd years , my work with chefs and restaurateurs like Andrei has been to first know who is behind each cheese, a person, not a machine, and champion seasonality

After all, cheese is milk, source of life.

Arrival
Hindleap Classic Cuvee 2015, East Sussex
Menu
Chicory salad
Somerset ewe’s curd poached pear & walnuts
Or
Coastal cheddar & woodland-reared pancetta soup
Native lobster mac & cheese
Somerset Ogleshield with gremolata
Or
North African spiced lamb rump
sheep’s curd and piedmont pepper salad

Best of British & Irish farmhouse cheese board to share
will include one of each category of British cheese

  • Fresh goat: either Brightwell or Sinodun from Oxon
  • Bloomy rinded: Baron Bigod or Sussex Camembert
  • Hard cheese: Hafod from West Wales or St Andrews from Scotland
  • Washed rind: Maida Vale from Berkshire or Yarlington from Gloucestershire
  • Blue: Beauvale from Cropwell Bishop or Sparkenhoe Blue from Warwickshire

please note that the cheese above might change on the night

Cornish tea & Bristol roasted organic coffee

Seasonal vegetables provided
Vegan or vegetarian options available in request
Order in advance required.


Roger Protz – 9th March (Berkhamsted) & 23rd March (St Albans – sold out)

Roger Protz

Roger is one of the world’s leading beer writers and tasters.
The author of more than 20 books on the subject, including 300 Beers to Try Before You Die, he edited The Good Beer Guide from 2000-2018, has been named Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year award twice and received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Mad Squirrel Brewery

Mad Squirrel Brewery Range

We are Mad Squirrel – a forward-thinking, contemporary brewery based just outside of London at the feet of the Chiltern Hills.

From humble beginnings in 2010, we have continuously grown and evolved, often in unexpected ways. But always with a boundless enthusiasm for quality, an inquisitive approach to flavour, and a restless desire to better ourselves.

Arrival
Hindleap Classic Cuvee 2015, East Sussex
Menu
Coastal cheddar & woodland-reared pancetta soup
with Native Helles lager
Or
MSC beer battered cod cheeks
with Hopfest pale ale & tartare sauce
Ox cheek bourguignon
with Black Out IPA – mash potato
Or
Cornish Mussels
Post Run Cryo Hop pale ale – pomme frites
Sticky date & ginger pudding
Bust Le Milli double salted caramel stout
Or
Bitter batter pudding single origin chocolate mousse
with Mr Sipling Lemon Meringue Pie IPA

Cornish tea & Bristol roasted organic coffee

Seasonal vegetables provided
Samples of Mad Squirrel beer provided with each course

Vegan or vegetarian options available in request

Order in advance required.

Tring Brewery

Tring Brewery

Tring Brewery is an independent microbrewery based in Hertfordshire, established in 1992 by Richard Shardlow. Tring Brewery’s second director, Andrew Jackson, joined in the year 2000 as him and Richard set about crafting what is now our flagship beer, Side Pocket for a Toad, named after an old Hertfordshire phrase for ‘something useless’ i.e. chocolate teapot!

At Tring Brewery, we are proud to produce beer that has been inspired by home-counties folklore both through namesake and imagery, crafted with premium hops and malted barley, blended with Chiltern Hills water before finishing with our signature house yeast strain.

Arrival
Hindleap Classic Cuvee 2015, East Sussex
Menu
Coastal cheddar & woodland-reared pancetta soup
with Alchemist lager
Or
MSC beer battered cod cheeks
with Drop Bar pale ale & tartar sauce
Ox cheek bourguignon
with Death or Glory barley wine – mash potato
Or
Cornish mussels
Side Pocket pale ale – pomme frites
Sticky date & ginger pudding
with Tea Kettle stout
Or
Bitter batter pudding single origin chocolate mousse
with Ridgeway bitter

Cornish tea & Bristol roasted organic coffee

Seasonal vegetables provided
Samples of Tring brewery beer provided with each course

Vegan or vegetarian options available in request

Order in advance required.

Berkhamsted Tickets


Bluebell Vineyard