Picnics – The Traditional Victorian Way

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picnics

Picnics, are the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and family. A chance to enjoy an informal yet tasty meal, whilst having fun in the great outdoors. Wealthy landowners loved a good picnic, as it gave them the chance to sit and enjoy the scenery their estates gave them. And it was the Victorians who brought picnics to the … Read More

Why The Grim’s Dyke is the perfect venue for your next party

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Wedding Canapés

Grim’s Dyke Hotel is the perfect venue for your special occasions. Nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens it provides a perfect hideaway location. It also has easy access to London and the surrounding area – making it the perfect venue for your next party. The right location for your needs Choosing the right location is key to the success of your … Read More

Whisky or Whiskey: Does it really matter?

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whisky or whiskey

Which is the correct spelling whisky or whiskey? It’s the topic many a whisky-lover gets worked up about. And more to the point, does it really matter? Unfortunately, it isn’t a simple yes or no answer – both spellings are correct! The introduction of a new spelling – for the Irish distillers Until the late 19th Century, all whisky distilleries … Read More

Christmas at Grim’s Dyke

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Here at Grim’s Dyke, we’re here to help you celebrate the Christmas period in style. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, traditional merriment or a good old knees up, we’ll help you celebrate in fashion! Grim’s Dyke Hotel is a special place over the festive season. Our beautiful Victorian building becomes the perfect setting for you to celebrate with family, … Read More

Whisky Drinks To Warm The Heart

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The nights are longer and the central heating keeps getting tweaked. It can only mean one thing – winter is almost here! It’s the time of year where we love nothing more than spending the evening snuggling under blankets in front of an open fire, whilst we sip a warming whisky and enjoy pleasant conversation. But what’s your tipple? What … Read More

Here’s To The 7th Harrow Whisky Festival!

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The popular Harrow Whisky Festival returns to the Grim’s Dyke Hotel on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th January. Last year’s festival was a roaring success and this year promises to be even better. The featured distillers and bottlers are ready to make this a wonderful event you’ll truly remember. The Festival This year, the festival will have one of the largest … Read More

The Victorian Kitchen Garden

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Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden at Grim’s Dyke supplies us with fresh fruit, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs for our restaurant guests. It also provides a rich environment for wild bees, insects and animals. During Gilbert’s time, this wouldn’t have been any different. The Victorian kitchen garden was a true work of art, run by its king – the head gardener. He … Read More

How To Taste Wine Like An Expert

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Wine Tasting

So many of us enjoy a glass of wine. No matter what your experience of wine, you can learn to appreciate some of the amazing choices on offer for you. But learning how to taste wine is something you have to learn to master if you want to really benefit and savour your wine. But how do you learn to … Read More

The Benefits of Honouring The Natural Growing Seasons

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vegetables being picked in the garden

The traditional way of honouring the natural growing seasons is something many of us have forgotten. With so much choice available to us throughout the year, it’s understandable that many no longer remember what is in season. The only time you get an indication that your fruit and veg is out of season is by its latest price tag! However, … Read More