We were back at Squerryes Winery for our Westerham Wednesday networking meeting last week. Henry and Claire Warde, James, Emma and the team made us most welcome. The new restaurant ‘The Dining Room’ utilises paintings and artefacts from Squerryes Court and Estate and is a fantastic addition to the tasting room and terrace. The new state of the art kitchen means the Estate chefs can now create gastronomic delights for both lunch and dinner using the freshest seafood and local, seasonal produce as the centre piece. The finishing touches are being added the new ‘Bottle Store’ event space which is now available for bookings and can accommodate up to 170 people. Please contact Emma or Claire at events@squerryes.co.uk or 01959 562345 for further information. 

The sponsor of the event, Chamber member Caroline Peers Noakes from Not Just Travel gave those present a humorous and interesting talk on ‘Why use a personal travel consultant?’ I for one, would like to take the headache out of trawling the internet for the best deals, only to find on returning to the first one that the holiday has disappeared! Caroline offers a personal service which is available throughout the booking process, including talking passengers through their options if they arrive at the airport to find their flight has been cancelled due to drones or other such things!

Caroline spent 6 years working in travel for Royal Brunei Airlines, Thomson Direct, USIT Campus so she knows the industry inside out. She has also spent 4 years of her life travelling independently through Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, New Zealand, Europe and spent 18 months in Egypt working on stage as a singer!

Not only does Caroline organise long haul and bespoke holidays, she can also book package holidays with popular suppliers such as Jet2 and Kuoni at the same price as going direct, or cottages in the UK with stunning sunsets from your private garden. So, if you’re serious about holidays and won’t just dabble, contact Caroline Peers-Noakes at Not Just Travel on 07904 120924.

Congratulations to Victoria King from Wilkins Kennedy who won a bottle of the award winning 2014 Squerryes Sparking wine and Piers Wood from Brachers who won 2 tickets to a concert at the Sevenoaks Festival in the business card draw.