Rathfinny Wine Estate

Log fires & Sunday Papers

We had our first Sunday Roast at the Flint Barns on Sunday 15th November, the lunch was a sell out and a total of 27 people came to enjoy all the lovely facilities here at the Barns and, of course, the rather scrummy roast that was cooked by Mark and his team and served beautifully by Phil, Jane & Alisha. It was a great success!  We have another roast this Sunday, 29th November, and the menu is below. We have 6 spaces spare so if you’d like to come and join us then please call me on 01323 874 030 or email flintbarns@rathfinnywineestate.com. You can arrive early if you want to have a cuppa or a glass of Cradle Valley, sit and read the Sunday papers in front of the wood burner and finish off the day with our own Raffy Hot Choc – plenty of calories but you know you’re worth it!

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Sunday Roast, 29th November 2015

Creamed Leek & Oak Smoked Haddock au gratin

Cured Sussex Meat board with Pumpkin & Apple Chutney


Roast Loin of Outdoor Reared Pork with Apple Sauce, Sage & Apricot Stuffing

Homity Pie, filled with cheese, onions, potatoes & spinach

Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli, Roasted Roots & Cauliflower Cheese


Treacle Tart with Custard

Crème Brulee

Sussex Cheeses with Chutney


2 Course £20

3 Course £27

We are also going to have a Sunday Roast on Sunday 20th December, already we have 11 bookings so book soon to avoid disappointment – 01323 874 030 or email flintbarns@rathfinnywineestate.com. On a local note – we have the teachers from Alfriston Primary School coming to have their Christmas dinner with us here at the Flint Barns, a good night for all is guaranteed.  Working with the local teachers is something that I’m really positive about.

The café is still open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm serving seasonal specials, home-made beef stew and cheesy mash with sour-dough bread this weekend. The café has moved indoors until the spring and Raffy our little red Citroen van has left us for the warmth of a garage, hope to have her back next season but we’ll see what happens.

A couple of weeks back now we had the pleasure of meeting Caroline from Caroline’s Dairy and the arduous task of tasting some of her truly fabulous ice-cream & sorbets. They are absolutely outstanding and my favourite one (amongst all of them) was the Toffee & Honeycomb. We are going to be stocking these very very soon in the Barns and also in the café and at our Music Festival coming up this June, 10th – 12th. To be kept up to date with all of the festival information and tickets sales please make sure you register to receive our newsletter.

The wildlife around the Estate is stunning, I had the privilege to see a couple of Barn Owls over the last couple of weeks on the Rathfinny Trail. Along with plenty of other wildlife on view it is a great little walk for Spike & I to go on. If you’ve not been around yet then just download the map, come see all the wildlife and pop in for a cuppa and mince pie.


Also worth noting is our upcoming Christmas Shopping Event at the Gun Room on December 5th 10am – 4pm. I’ll be heading off down there to pick up the newly arrived Mulled Cider Candles, just love them and they are perfect to have lit all during Christmas Day.

Help support Charleston’s Annual Fund on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday 1st December 2015

Rathfinny works very closely with the nearby Charleston Trust, a thriving house museum and host to two high profile literary festivals a year. Rathfinny supports Charleston on a year-round basis, as it is an independent registered charity that receives no public funding for its day to day activities.

This Tuesday 1st December 2015, to celebrate #GivingTuesday, Charleston is launching its Annual Fund for 2015-2016. This year, the Annual Fund helps to fundraise for several restoration and conservation projects, as well as easier access to the house museum and all of its activities, including:

–       New frame for Vanessa Bell’s Wild Flowers, recently loaned to Charleston
–       Archiving Charleston’s previously unseen photographic collection
–       New wheelchairs & hearing loops
–       Better disabled access & virtual tour of the First Floor
–       Large print & Braille signs & leaflets
–       Annual planting programme for the Garden
–       On-site defibrillator

#GivingTuesday was started in the United States in 2012 as an antidote to the start of Christmas shopping, which is kicked off by Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday online shopping.

Led by the Charities Aid Foundation, this day of giving has been created to promote local, independent charities, such as the Charleston Trust.

Please give generously online at:

For more information on Charleston and to book a visit online, please go to: www.charleston.org.uk or telephone: 01323 811 626



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