Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate, Horsham, December 2016, is excited to announce the opening of its brand new spike bar. With a beautiful South African theme it has brought what was once a traditional spike bar into the 21st century. Set within the striking 100-year-old Clubhouse the brand new spike bar looks out over the golf course set amongst acres of beautiful English countryside. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work, meet friends for a bite to eat or relax after a round of golf.
The Spike Bar is open to the public 7 days a week, serving a delicious bar menu alongside Benguela Cove wine tasting experiences. Visitors can enjoy a South African style wine experience, with first hand tastings of the wines produced by Benguela Cove as well as wine tasting experiences which include wine & chocolate pairing and cheese & wine pairing. All of the Benguela Cove wines are available to take home at “cellar door prices”.
Adam Streeter, General Manager said “The Spike bar had been closed for almost a year and was one of the first areas that we wanted to refurbish. The transformation has been spectacular and the feedback from members and the public has been extremely positive. This was a damp, dark cellar only a few months ago and now we have a warm, inviting environment where people can relax with friends whilst enjoying some good food or wine.”
The Spike Bar is one of many upgrades to happen to the golf club as it currently undergoes one of the biggest changes in its 100 year history. The new owners have converted one of the two 18-hole courses into a 9-hole course to plant a vineyard on the 500 acre estate. Over the next three years a winery and wine tasting centre will be built and by 2021 they will be producing their very own English Sparkling wine.
The new owner, Penny Streeter, CEO of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is a Zimbabwe born British entrepreneur who has turned Mannings Heath into the UK’s first Golf and Wine venue. Set on the ocean’s edge of the Southern Coast of South Africa, Benguela Cove is known as a leading wine producer in a country famous for their award-winning wines. With the estate’s unique location and optimum climate conditions it results in the ideal viticulture. The south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela current flowing up from Antarctica, to cool the grapes at night after the warm summer days, irrigated by above-average rainfall. This is the perfect terroir to produce grapes of superior quality and result in award-winning wines suitable for even the most complex palate.
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