National Champagne Week returns from 1 to 7 October 2015, unleashing a whole week of the nation's favourite celebratory fizz, with a host of tastings, masterclasses and pop-ups, from London to Bath and beyond.
Whether you're a Champagne devotee or beginner to the bubbly scene, we've rounded up three of the best places to raise a glass during the boozy week. Hic!
For one week only, one of finest ancient sites in the country will be transformed into a prestigious pop-up G.H. Mumm Champagne bar selling a range of Mumm Champagne. Enjoy the elegant surroundings of the Grand Pump Room as you sip Champagne and listen to relaxing live music in the historical site. In addition, the Roman Baths is hosting a unique tasting dinner for one night only on 2 October 2015 (£95), when guests will be treated to a lavish Champagne cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner with each course expertly paired with a glass of Champagne from the G.H. Mumm collection.
The Quiz & Fizz Night with Perrier-Jouët may have sold out, but the Searcys Champagne Bar at St Pancras is still one of the hottest places to have a glass of bubbly this October. Throughout the month, the Perrier-Jouët Enchanted Tree Afternoon Tea is served between 3 and 5pm (£35), where you can indulge in the traditional afternoon treat with a boozy twist. Set overlooking the stunning architecture of St Pancras station, the Champagne Bar is the perfect spot to watch the busy world go by. The tea features delicate finger sandwiches and a selection of delicious patisserie with your choice of tea and a glass of much needed chilled Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut for a more luxurious and relaxing experience.
Fancy escaping for a weekend to the home of Champagne? Arblaster & Clarke's short breaks to Reims and Epernay in France's Champagne region take in a selection of Champagne houses, including the famous names that forged its reputation, such as Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot, as well as smaller houses and growers. Over the weekend (from £595, throughout the year), you will enjoy a glass of bubbly at breakfast, visit Reims and its famous cathedral, dine at gourmet restaurants and have the chance to purchase wines at advantageous cellar prices. Travel is by coach, so you can bring home up to 36 bottles of Champagne!
Special places to stay in rural France
National Champagne Week: Three top places to celebrate
A modern whitewashed hotel on the outskirts of Rivedoux Plage, Maison des Algues is "impeccably maintained", says Sawdays. There's a small cricket pitch, terraces, gardens and an outdoor pool with free bike hire for exploring the local area and its white sand beaches. From 125 Euros per room, including breakfast. For details, visit sawdays.co.uk or call +33 (0)5 46 68 01 23.
A mere hop over the channel, the beautiful countryside of Pas de Calais is perfect for a weekend away. Check out the wild, "funky and fabulous" Maison de Plumes: think soft gold walls and glossy black woodwork, with bedrooms designed in the pattern birds' plumage (hence the name). From €99 per room per night, including breakfast. For more details, visit sawdays.co.uk or call +33 (0)3 21 41 47 85.
Hidden just behind a small sleepy village square, this fifth century converted silk farm is full of surprises. A tranquil Mediterranean garden and vast bedrooms, a shaded courtyard and pool are just some of the treats to enjoy. From €220 per room per night, including breakfast For more details, visit sawdays.co.uk or call +33 (0)4 66 81 38 41.
This quirky 16th century merchant's house with its own salon de the, exposed stone walls and customised furniture sits on the lovely Finistiere coast. Nearby, Le Conquet bustles with fisherman and boats and a local market. Kids wil love the bunk bedded room designed like a ship's cabin. From €60 per room per night, room only. For more information, visit sawdays.co.uk or call +33 (0)2 98 89 17 79.
Peace and serenity reign supreme at this remote 17th century farmhouse-cum-eco lodge on the edge of the Lac du Pecher. It's a place for nature lovers, beautifully decorated with "gigantic views". From €140 per room per night, half-board. Visit sawdays.co.uk for more, or call +33 47120 8309.
This 300-year-old vine workers' house has been revived with no expenses spared: think original 17th century fireplaces, snow-white linen and handsome oil paintings. And the beautiful village of Beune, with its medieval streets, is just a stone's throw away. From €220 per room per night, including breakfast. Visit sawdays.co.uk or call +33 (0)3 80 22 82 84.
A fairy-tale like castle with much to enchant, you'll love the sprawling grounds, stained glass decor and deep sofas. Oh, and it's is also singled out for its 'incredible' food. From €88 per room per night, includes breakfast – sawdays.co.uk +33 (0)4 77 66 64 60.
Peeping through lavender shutters at sweeping landscaped gardens, this rejuvenated Provencal house offers all sorts of delights, including its own natural rock pool for taking a cool dip, a masseur in the garden, an olive grove and a chicken run. From €180 per room per night, includes breakfast – for more information, visit sawdays.co.uk +33 (0)6 30 00 62 04.
In a large park with vast pastures and woods, this 16th century chateau boasts four-poster beds, a large pool and even a treehouse room complete with chandeliers. From €110 per room per night, room only. For more details, visit sawdays.co.uk +33 (0)5 65 67 90 62.
This classic baroque 19th-century townhouse is hidden away off a bustling street: with its quiet lawned quadrangle, opulent boudoirs and ornate fireplaces and Philip Stark bathrooms, it promises to provide a welcome retreat from the buzzing Bordeaux atmosphere when you need to relax. From 160 Euros per room per night, room only. Visit sawdays.co.uk or call + 33 (0)5 57 88 28 80.