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.
Take a day trip to a Kent winery with Oz Clarke on board the British Pullman, A Belmond Train
Come aboard the luxury private train Belmond British Pullman as it journeys through the beautiful Kent countryside on a memorable summer's day in June.
Admire the grandeur of the British Pullman when you arrive at London Victoria, where you're welcomed aboard by liveried stewards. A delicious brunch will be served during your journey to Kent in your gorgeous Art Deco carriage, at a table adorned with pristine table linen and bespoke glassware.
Enjoy the ever-changing views as the train makes its way through the countryside and arrives in the chalky downlands of Kent that are so revered by winemakers.
The pinnacle of this trip is a visit to Balfour Winery, on a wonderful 400 acre wine estate, and meeting wine expert Oz Clarke, who'll host an informative tutored tasting. You'll get a glass of delicious bubbly on arrival, which is made in the same way as fine French Champagnes, and gain an insight into grape-to-glass winemaking with an informative guided tour.
You'll also get to wander the peaceful estate with its acres of manicured vineyards, wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and ancient oak woodland.
On the journey home you'll be served an exceptional gastronomic four-course dinner, paired with the sommelier's carefully selected wines. Bask in the beautiful countryside surroundings and beautiful views from the windows. Finally, you'll arrive back at London Victoria, as your memorable day in Kent draws to a close.
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
- £100pp saving*
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.