The Vine House
All the vines here form a heritage collection of Victorian vines kindly supplied by Stuart Smith of The Vine House at Westow. Thirty four varieties of Victorian vine are grown on the rod and spur system in the Vine House. Some can be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the Vine House Café whilst more are grown in the salad areas of the house. Names such as Wrotham Pinoir, Buckland Sweetwater, Black Hamburgh which became famous in the UK after Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown planted one at Hampton Court Palace in 1768 and Muscat of Alexandria, popular since the nineteenth century recall a bygone age of the garden when such vines would have provided grapes for the guests at the dinner table of Duncombe Park. The leaf canopy provides shade for diners as they enjoy food prepared in part with produce from the garden.