We have moved!
We finally moved into the new "Old Stables" in July 2021, our new address is West Fisher Winery, The Old Stables, Clacket Lane, Westerham, TN16 2EP. It has been a long and winding road but at last we see a day when we can welcome customers back to our venue.
The new building is a little bigger than the old one and was in need of very much TLC, we managed to get our act together for production of the 2021 harvest only to have probably the worst harvest on record. Never rains but it poors!
Now we are looking forward and we have a kitchen, well half a kitchen, and a tasting room, well half a tasting room. But we have moved along very quickly in the last few weeks and look forward to at last opening the doors but we are also still looking at a full opening in the Spring, probably the tail end of April.
We still have so many positives ahead of us, a bigger venue, a bigger bar, our own car park, our own entrance and a second access through Moorhouse Sand Pits off the A25 (eventually our own access of the A25, working on that!), postcode TN16 2EU (only Monday to Friday) which is also where we are looking to plant a vineyard and possibly put in another building for later expansion. If you visit us during the week pull into the access road to the quarry and turn right at the gatehouse, follow the track (watch out for deer) to our car park, simple as that.
Removal of equipment
Given the forced move we had to remove all of the essential elements to the old winery so sadly the old building now looks like this.
We left the building with heavy hearts but with the knowledge we are going on to bigger & better things. Sadly the old farm appears to have been pretty much abandoned and the old building is falling rapidly back into dereliction.
A shame (We are sure the owners would say they have "big plans") but that is the past and we move onwards and upwards.
We have commissioned new signage, more impressive and in keeping with the new premises, new gates will be in within two weeks, final fit of the bar will take a bit longer but the new toilets, kitchen and at least 2 thirds of the bar will be in by the end of January 2022.
The horsebox bar is currently on hold, although we did complete some of the essential work but for now it is a parked project, on a neighbours property for the sum of a few bottles of wine!
New equipment will be installed once we are settled in and we will offer a bigger range of wines, tasting options, tours and food options too. As well as stocking local produce too.