Introducing our brand-new restaurant at Balfour Winery
Launching 1st December, 2023.
Our new restaurant, The Winemakers’ Kitchen, is the perfect representation of ‘what grows together, goes together’.
Enjoy seasonal produce, from local producers, served alongside our wines that have inspired each dish. The menu, a collaboration between our head chef Dan Austin and Head Winemaker Fergus Elias, features recipes specifically designed to pair with Balfour’s award-winning wines. A unique experience to be enjoyed whilst in a stunning setting looking over our vines. Anchored in Kent, the Winemaker’s Kitchen is a must-visit to get a true taste of English provenance – and is now accepting bookings from December onwards.
Our first 50 reservations will also receive a complementary glass of the iconic Balfour Brut Rosé 2018 on arrival.
Local, seasonal, exceptional...
From our Kentish home
This is the ultimate expression of “what grows together, goes together”. Our seasonal menu changes with the weather, but consistent throughout is our focus on high-quality ingredients, beautifully presented and served with pride and passion.
Before every season, our chef and winemaker sit down to assess what’s available for the coming months. They then assess each of our wines to find the perfect pairing.
Wherever possible we work with our local Kent producers to put together an exceptional menu, which resonates with the time of year and a sense of place.
The science of pairing
The ultimate food and wine experience
Our menu is a collaboration between our Head Winemaker and Head Chef; where the wine is an integral part of the process.
Wines are tasted for different components. Like chefs with a recipe, what makes up a great wine is different building blocks – flavours, structure, alcohol and more. Each of these “building blocks” changes how the wine tastes with food; so we select ingredients for our menus which match harmoniously with our wines.
In most restaurants, that happens by chance, but at The Winemakers’ Kitchen we’ve specifically designed our menu to pair with our wines. Not the other way round.
An inspiring setting
Worthy of a visit, all year round
The Winemakers’ Kitchen is a carefully created space designed to inspire and reward those with curious minds, and curious palates. Enjoy wines, paired with seasonal dishes, overlooking the very vines and within the winery which that made them.
Take in the stunning views over our vineyards, under huge skies which meet the gentle sloping landscape of our Kentish home above our woodlands and orchards, whilst you dine.
Or browse our carefully curated artworks from internationally renowned artists which decorate the adjourning wall of our winery. Each selected by our co-founder, Leslie Balfour-Lynn, to inspire, and spark intrigue and debate.
Authentic Sunday Roasts
Available every week
Available every Sunday | 12pm – 3pm
Elevate your Sunday to the next level, with one of our superb, locally-sourced roasts – paired with our authentically English wines.
Whether you’re relaxing into the afternoon with a cosy lunch for two after a long walk through our vineyards (on one of our self-guided tours), or bringing the family together for a special occasion – this is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Easy to reach
With our free Shuttle Bus service
Visiting one of England’s “best vineyards” (The Sunday Times) just got even easier, as this August we have launched a free shuttle bus service – so that you can sip award-winning wines, in a stunning vineyard setting, just 45 minutes from central London – without needing to take a car.
With trains running every 30 minutes from Charing Cross and London Bridge to Marden Station – with is just 5 minutes in the bus (or a forty minute walk) from our winery.
Our shuttle bus will run from Marden train station every weekend. Taking a circular route to and from our vineyards, during our opening hours at the winery (10am – 6pm). There’s no option to pre-book a slot – just hop on board. Upon arrival at Marden station , simply wait at the station entrance and our shuttle bus will arrive approx. every 20 mins.
We are delighted to be England’s only Gold-Medal winning vineyard (VisitEngland). And can guarantee a visit to our estate, followed by a meal at our restaurant, makes for an unforgettable experience.
Available to sample, with your meals
Learn what pairs well – or not so well – with one of our Balfour Tasting Flights.
Choose from a range of options and styles, depending on what your chosen menu choices, across the award-winning Balfour range.
Or choose the recommended pairing options on our menu for the ultimate wine-dining experience.