Food & drink events

Chapel Barn, Sussex – Cheese & Wine Tasting 

Saturday Evening – 31st March 2018 

19:00 – 21:00 

Chapel Barn will be running their popular wines from around the world and cheese pairing. There will be wines from France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Chile to sample. Each wine will be paired with the appropriate cheese. There will also be other nibbles on the table to keep you going. This is a fun informal tasting , giving you some background on the various wine regions. Run by our wine expert. After the tasting you are welcome to stay for more drinks from the bar or we can arrange you transport home.

Please visit Chapel Barn Sussex website to book.

Chapel Barn, Sussex – Secret Cellar Gin Tasting


Saturday Evening – 7th April 2018     

19:30 – 21:30 


We are delighted to announce another date for Chapel Barn’s & Great British Wine Tours Secret Cellar Gin tasting. We ran several of these last year and were a huge success. We will work our way through six Gins all partnered with the correct tonic to compliment the Gin. We will have cheese and meat platters to help soak up all the Gin! We try to work with local gins as much as possible and there may even be a special appearance from an expert Gin distiller. The event will either be held at our atmospheric 14th century barn. If you need transport to and from the event please do let us know we can arrange this for you. Chapel Barn is only 15 mins from Brighton and the closest train station is Haywards heath only a ten minute drive away.   Please visit Chapel Barn Sussex website to book.

Sussex Wine School – Bluebell Vineyard Estates Evening Tour and Tasting

Thursday Evening – 7th June 2018 

18:30 – 21:30 



Join us on Thursday 7th June 2018 for an exclusive Sussex Wine School tour and tasting at Bluebell Vineyard Estates. Great British Wine Tours are driving the group from Brighton Railway Station to Bluebell and back in on our mini coach. Our good friends at Bluebell are putting on a private tour of the vineyards and the winery for us followed by a tutored tasting paired with local cheeses. This is a great opportunity to understand more about the important work done in vineyards, see how sparkling wines are made and to try a range of award winning English Sparkling Wines from this family run wine estate. The Sussex Wine School tour and tasting includes:

    • Enjoy a welcome glass of Hindleap sparkling wine while listening to a brief introduction and history of Bluebell Vineyard Estates.
    • A Vineyard tour of where they grow the sparkling grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
    • Explanation of the various vineyard activities that occur throughout the year
  • Tour of their specialist winery and equipment
  • An insight into the sparkling wine making process
  • Tasting of all current releases with local food paired alongside each wine

Please arrive ready to leave Brighton Railway station at 6.30pm. The mini coach will be back in Brighton at 9.30pm. Jonny will be there at Bluebell to welcome you. The tour and tasting will be run by Sussex Wine School tutor Alicia Sandeman who reguarly leads tours for Bluebell. You can make your own way to Bluebell Vineyard Estates if you prefer and save the £10 supplement for the travel. Please email us at Sussex Wine School if you want to do this and pay the lesser amount. Please click here for directions. You can buy this tasting as a gift here.   Places remaining: 15 Course Date/Time: Thu 7th Jun 2018 at 6.30pm-9.30pm Duration: 3 hours Venue: Bluebell Vineyard Estate, Glenmore Farm, Slider’s Lane, Furner’s Green, Uckfield TN22 3RU

Event Price: £40.00


Port & Cheese Tasting – Thursday 16th November  19:30            Fully Booked

As winter draws in and nights get darker what better way to spend an evening than tasting some heart warming ports. Last year our Port & Cheese Tasting was sell out event so be quick, spaces are limited! There will be six ports to try, all of which are accompanied by a selection of cheeses from High Weald Dairy and snacks from Portugal. Your tutored tasting will be hosted by Alicia Sandeman, 7th generation from the Sandeman port family. There will be ports from various port houses including Sandeman. Location: The tasting will be held in our 14th century barn which will create a cosy and atmospheric atmosphere. We can also offer a shuttle bus from Brighton to Bolney for an extra £15 per person.  (19:00 pick up)  

Christmas Gin Tasting Thursday 7th December 19:00

Love gin and tonic? Then come along to a festive themed gin tasting at Chapel Barn. You will sample six local gins paired with fever tree tonics hosted by a master distiller.s. We will also be serving festive nibbles. Included in the tasting;

  • Six local gins paired with fever tree tonic and garnishs
  • Tutored gin tasting
  • Festive nibbles
  • Christmas music
  • Some gins available to purchase after the event
  • Cash bar service for those that wish to stay on and enjoy some festive fun


  • Cheese boards available for those wanting to stay for food £16 for two people.
  • Return shuttle bus to Brighton and Haywards Heath for £15 per person. (18:30 pick up)


Festive Wine & Cheese tasting – Friday 15th December  19:00

Looking for something festive and tasty to do? Then why not come along to Chapel Barn and sample some delicious wines paired with scrummy cheeses. Your host will share a little about each of the wines and cheeses on show,  then you decide which pairing works best. We will sample five wines paired with cheese and end with a mince pie and glass of port to warm the soul. The tasting will include:

  • One English sparkling wine
  • One white wine
  • Two red wines
  • One dessert wine
  • Finished off with glass of port and mince pie.

We will also have wine and local cheeses available to purchase. A gift wrapping service and wine gift vouchers are available. Want to leave the car at home? We have a return shuttle bus from Brighton and Haywards heath for £12 extra per person. (18:30 pick up)