England cricket legend Darren Gough to visit Leamington hotel to launch his range of wine in April
One of England’s greatest cricketers will be visiting Leamington in April after teaming up with one of the town’s newest outdoor drinking and dining area.
Darren Gough, a former Wisden Cricketer of the Year and England second highest ever one-day wicket taker, will visit the Angel Hotel to officially launch his ‘Care for Wild’ wine range – products that raise funds and awareness to protect Rhinos in South African.
The fast bowler, who played 58 test matches for England and who was nicknamed The Rhino throughout his career, came up with the idea after visiting South African with good friend Kevin Pietersen and seeing the devastation caused by poachers.
The wines have already won a series of industry accolades for their quality, and now people in Leamington will be able to raise a glass while supporting the cause after the Angel Hotel became the venue in Warwickshire to stock the wines.
Darren Gough recently visited the hotel to agree the deal and look at plans for the outdoor area, and says he is excited to return on April 17.
He said: “I love Warwickshire – they were the only country I ever scored a century against with the bat! But joking aside, I have been friends with the Clifford family that owns the Angel Hotel for a very long time and have a real soft spot for the hotel.
“We got talking about their outdoor dining plan and it seemed a great fit for the wines – I will be really proud to see them on sale and hopefully people in Leamington will really enjoy them. I will be joining them for the open of the outdoor area on April 17th and will serve the first few glasses of wine to people ordering them. I can’t wait.”
The move comes off the back of the Angel also agreeing to sell a range of local products such as Napton Cider, Newbold Spirit and Warwickshire Beer Company beers.
Director Dan Clifford said: “Goughie’s wines are great products with a really interesting story, and we want to make people’s experience at the hotel as enjoying as possible.
“We have also created a support local section of the menu to highlight some of the products that come from this area and will provide a much-needed show of support to really innovative businesses from Warwickshire that just need a chance.”
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