Surrey Life Loves: Our top 5 local buys for September
PUBLISHED: 16:09 03 September 2020 | UPDATED: 16:26 03 September 2020
From hosting an outdoor cinema night in your own garden to enjoying the last of the British Summer sun 1920s-style
Pool ticket: While many of us may have failed to get away on a holiday abroad this summer, those in the know headed to Great Fosters to spend the day lazing by the 1920s-style outdoor pool.
The hotel, in Egham, teamed up with Nyetimber to offer special pool day packages including a glass of English sparkling wine, a sushi lunch and goodie bag filled with poolside essentials by L’Occitane.
And there’s still time to join them as the pool is open until the end of September.
From £99, alexanderhotels.co.uk/greatfosters
Service: If you missed out on any of this summer’s outdoor cinema events then why not host one of your own at home?
Wrap up warm under the stars with your family and friends and get lost in your favourite film screened via a 10ft Airscreen from Moonlit Events. The Tadworth-based company will set up and dismantle the equipment and even provide fairy lights – all you have to do is provide comfy seating and refreshments for your guests.
From £250, moonlitevents.com
Style: At the age of 18, as she was about to embark on a degree at London College of Fashion, Charlotte Whittles-Jackson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Fast forward a few years and after struggling to find a stylish handbag for her insulin equipment, she began designing her own. CWJ London launched last year and Charlotte has expanded the range to include other artisan leather accessories, such as key fobs and cardholders, as well as bespoke one-off designs.
For more see: cwjlondon.com.
Drink: Handcrafted by the same team of expert distillers behind the legendary Silent Pool Gin, every drop of WRY Vodka is produced and bottled on-site just outside Guildford in the Surrey Hills.
The distillation process uses rye grain and rye malt, with the final product filtered through locally-produced charcoal to create a pure, creamy, smooth vodka with notes of caramel and chocolate.
The Silent Pool team has also produced a charity R=<1 accessory and clothing range with 50 per cent of the profits going to mental health charities affected throughout Covid19. WRY Vodka, £22/70cl and R=<1accessories from £15. Silentpooldistillers.com
Book: Surrey’s vineyards feature in a new book by wine legend Oz Clarke. Until the 1990s English wine didn’t have the best reputation but in recent years England’s place in the interbational wine stakes has improved tremedously, with the region’s sparkling wines rivalling some of France’s best Champagnes. Oz Clarke English Wine: From Still to Sparkling The Newest New World Wine Country will help you find the best of those wines as well as some impressive reds and even dessert
and orange wines. Oz recommends wines he has enjoyed and found interesting and encourages you to try for yourself. An essential book for all lovers of wine, particularly those with a passion for supporting local producers.
£16.99, published by Pavilion, out September 3.