A GRAPE and grain trail could help boost tourism.

Locations around the Braintree district have been included on the trail which is designed to take food and drink lovers on a tour of mid Essex.

It is due to be launched this weekend.

Among those to gain a spot on the trail is the English Spirit Distillery in Great Yeldham.

The small batch copper pot distillery is a spirit specialist and the business is growing in popularity.

And if you prefer drinks by the pint rather than the single then Silks Brewery in Sible Hedingham has also made its way onto the trail.

The five barrel micro brewery specialises in hand crafted real ales using wooden clad stainless steel vessels.

The brewery, at Wash Farm ,Queen Street, is based in a converted old grain store and started up in 2015 with a growing reputation for its character hops to produce beer which leaves a lasting impression.

The trail is being supported by Braintree and Maldon district councils.

And to complete the set of beers, spirits and wines near Halstead, Castle Hedingham’s Tuffon Hall also have a spot on the trial.

The award winning vineyard is expected to be a popular spot on the trail.

Tom Cunningham, councillor responsible for economic development at Braintree Council, said: “The Grape and Grain Trail is a multi-stop destination tour highlighting the wealth of local independent producers of ales, spirits and wines.

“Our aim, with our tourism offer, is to contribute to economic well-being as well as celebrating the area we live in.”

Tours will run weekdays with more details being announced soon.