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Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

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Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, Surrey has the largest vineyard in England with 265acre under vines, representing more than 10 per cent of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. It has a visitors' centre that attracts around 300,000 visitors a year.HistoryThe estate is named for an early owner called John Denby. In the mid-18th century Denby's farm buildings were converted into a gentleman's residence by Jonathan Tyers, proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens near London. Tyer's garden at Denbies was in startling contrast to the frivolities of Vauxhall, being adorned with memento mori ("reminders of death"). The property passed through several other hands, and in the 1850s it was rebuilt on a larger scale by the preeminent Victorian master builder, Thomas Cubitt. He was visited at Denbies by Prince Albert, who planted a commemorative tree which survived until the Great Storm of 1990. The house remained in the Cubitt family until the Second World War, when it was requisitioned by the military. In the 1950s Cubitt's great grandson decided to demolish the house as he lacked the funds to restore and maintain it. He converted the laundry and gardener's house into a smaller Regency-style house. According to the Dorking Museum, it was purchased by Biwater in the 1980s with development later by local businessman Adrian White.
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  • I cannot praise the Galleries restaurant enough, in particular Victoria who went out of her way to help me with table preparations. I had booked for four of us to celebrate a friends 50th birthday and...  more »
  • Stunning setting, great wine, good food and I can't help going back every time (and we live down the road, which is dangerous!). The tour is also excellent- would highly recommend!  more »
  • Great place for lunch with friends. Browse a vast range of wines and gifts. Art gallery and walks along with a tour of the estate if wished.  more »
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  • Great tour of the winery. Since their 30th anniversary they have added a cinematic experience that tells the history of Denbies beautifully. Hugely knowledgeable guide as well, would highly recommend if you're visiting the area
  • Interesting place to visit. Had a ride around the vineyard with guide in the tour bus, beautiful scenery. Will visit wine tasting next time!
  • Great place, do the tour and enjoy some beautiful and locally produced wine. Great farm shop and the amazing Surrey hills Brewery is also on site! A great place.
  • Gallery restaurant very good if a little limited on menu. Good service and nice views. They take both Tastecard and Gourmet card
  • We use the cafe regularly when walking in the Surrey Hills. There's always a good selection of sandwiches, salads and hot food and they serve their own wine in the restaurant. Strictly speaking it's not part of Denbies, but the Surrey Hills Brewery around the back is a must visit for any cask ale drinker.

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