Rathfinny Wine Estate

Our Cellar Door

ABOUT. Situated on The Tye in the historic and picturesque village of Alfriston, the Gun Room is said to have been the gun store for the Duke of Wellington. The Gun Room is Rathfinny’s Cellar Door, where you can taste our wine and where we offer carefully selected gifts and wine-related products, championing local goods and artists. Takeaway tea and coffee is available.

Whilst there, visit the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heritage Centre and read about the fascinating history of Alfriston, dating back to the medieval period, and learn more about the Cuckmere Valley and the burgeoning English wine industry.

OPENING
HOURS
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm
  • Wine Tasting
  • Estate Tours
  • Shop & Café
  • Heritage Centre

Taste Our Wine

Whilst we await the release of our first Sussex Sparkling in 2018, currently maturing in individual bottles in the Winery, you are invited to taste our still wine in the Gun Room, under the Cradle Valley label. Our wines are light and crisp and generally made from a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc although we occasionally blend these grape varieties with our Chardonnay.

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The Gun Room Entrance

The Start Of Your Tour

Learn how we turn our grapes into fantastic Sussex Sparkling wine on one of our exclusive tours.

Walking through the vines in a small group with our experienced guide, exploring the Vineyard and the history and wildlife of the Estate, is the beginning of a truly memorable event which incorporates your choice of refreshments Winemaker's Lunch or Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Tasting Room of our Winery. All our Estate Tours start from the Gun Room, so why not come early to have a browse around the shop? You can purchase a voucher from the Gun Room or book online.

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The Gun Room, view from the Tye in Alfriston

Browse Our Shop

We try, where possible, to source all our products in the following priority - local, East Sussex, Sussex, England, UK and international. So for example, we thought long and hard about stocking the superb Caudalie cosmetics range, which is French.  However, as all their products are derived from vines and as they are a company with a similar ethos of excellence to ours, we decided to stock them. Takeaway tea and coffee and a selection of sweet treats are available.

We aim to champion local artists and, for example, we asked ceramicist Alison Milner to design a range using the Estate as her inspiration. Look out on her ceramics, tea towels and stationery for the butterflies and plants she discovered, and even the yellow colouring she got from boiling down one of the plants on our land, the kidney vetch.  Other artists we have established a relationship with include visual artists Lisa Joffe, Julian Sutherland- Beetson and Adam McNaught-Davis, and photographer Viv Blakey, whose gorgeous landscape photographs are also featured throughout this website. We are always keen to hear from more local artists and designers, so pop in or drop us an .

Finally, we’re delighted to be able to showcase a changing selection of Harold Mockford’s paintings. He is one of Sussex’s best artists and it’s an honour to have his work in the Gun Room.

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The Gun Room interior
  • 14th & 15th July Martin Carabott Pop Up at Rathfinny Wine Estate £55

    Join us, on what will hopefully be a lovely summer’s evening, for our July Pop Up restaurant with Chef Martin Carabott. Taking place in the Tasting Room situated in the heart of the Estate with stunning views of the Vineyard and the South Downs.

    Martin, 27, started cooking professionally at the age of 16, having studied at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta, his home country. During this time, he was picked to join the National Culinary Team to represent Malta in international competitions. He also spent a year’s internship at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, where he returned after graduating.

    At Gleneagles, he completed stages in the two Michelin starred restaurant Andrew Fairlie. He also competed in and was successful in various national culinary events, before moving to London to work at the Lanesborough Hotel’s Michelin starred Apsley’s restaurant, then run by Heinz Beck, holder of three Michelin stars at his La Pergola restaurant in Rome.

    Leaving Apsley’s, he then joined The Royal Automobile Club to work in the fine dining restaurant with Executive Chef Philip Corrick. At the club, Martin worked his way up to Senior Sous Chef and participated in prestigious events such as The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year, placing third in the final in 2015. He also won the CSMA of Great Britain Award for Culinary Excellence and achieved the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence in 2014, which led to him staging at the two Michelin starred Le Manor aux Quat Saison in Oxfordshire.

    In 2016, Martin competed in three of the biggest culinary competitions in the UK: The Roux Scholarship, the National Chef of the Year, in both of which he was a finalist, and the British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year which he won.

    He currently works with Isaac McHale, chef at the one Michelin starred The Clove Club in Shoreditch, (no.26 on the World’s 50 best restaurants list) at his new restaurant Luca, opened November 2016 which is modern British/Italian cuisine.

    The evening will commence at 7.30pm when you will be welcomed with a glass of English sparkling wine. You will then be guided through a five-course tasting menu. Each course has a wine pairing should you choose to purchase a wine flight with your food ticket.

    Location. The Tasting Room, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU

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  • 11th & 12th August Ruth Hansom Pop Up at Rathfinny Wine Estate £55

    Join us, on what will hopefully be a lovely summer’s evening, for our August Pop Up Restaurant with Chef Ruth Hansom. Taking place in the Tasting Room situated in the heart of the Estate with stunning views of the Vineyard and the South Downs.

    Ruth first started cooking whilst at school. She entered Springboard’s Future Chef competition for under 16s and came second in the national final. Consequently, she was offered a place at Westminster College and so finished her GCSEs and bravely moved to London. On arrival, she was offered a job by Frederick Forster, then of The Boundary.

    Earlier this year, while working at The Ritz Ruth completed the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts apprenticeship with a distinction. During this time, Ruth has impressively competed in other competitions including: Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year (1st place in 2013 and 2014), Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of the Year (2nd in 2013), Craft Guild Graduate Awards (received), World Skills UK (gold in 2012 and team UK), European Championships World Skills (bronze), Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year (1st in 2016/17). She also received the Apprentice Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in 2013 and the Craft Guild Rising Star Award in 2014.

    Above all else, Ruth loves to raise money for Springboard, a charity that massively helped her at the beginning of her career and continues to support her.

    Ruth is truly a rising star and one to watch!

    The evening will commence at 7.30pm when you will be welcomed with a glass of English sparkling wine. You will then be guided through a five-course tasting menu. Each course with a wine pairing should you choose to purchase a wine flight with your food ticket.

    Location. The Tasting Room, Winery, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU

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Read About Local History

We have given the upstairs space of the Gun Room to the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society. There is a permanent display about the fascinating history of Alfriston which dates back to the medieval period. Researched by scholars, this high quality display contains a great deal of information about the local area, showing how this beautiful part of the South Downs has changed over time, ending with information about the burgeoning English wine industry. Please come and enjoy this resource.

This space is also available for local groups to use by prior arrangement with Alison Cowley, the Manager, who can be contacted by telephone or email.

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The Alfriston Heritage Centre within the Gun Room

Contact & Find Us

Gun Room
The Tye
Alfriston
East Sussex
BN26 5TL

Google Map & Directions

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GUN ROOM BY CAR. The Gun Room is a short walk from the two car parks in Alfriston. When you are on Alfriston High Street, walk in the direction of The George Pub, and then turn left down the narrow pathway called The Twitten following the brown tourism sign to the Alfriston Heritage Centre. You can see The Gun Room from the top of the pathway.

GUN ROOM BY BUS. There are local buses to Alfriston village. Take the 126 bus, which runs from Eastbourne to Seaford, via Polegate and Alfriston. Alight at The Willows Car Park just at the entrance to Alfriston. From here, walk up North Street to the centre of the village and the High Street, and follow the directions outlined in the By Car paragraph above.

ALFRISTON BY TRAIN. The nearest stations are Seaford, Berwick and Polegate.

Map of Rathfinny’s Location