Taking a break to enjoy a new area of Britain is always a treat, but never more so than if you’re a foodie focused on the culinary aspects of your stay. Read on for some foodie favorites we’ve discovered across the nation.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD. Tel: 01844 278 881
Kitchen maestro Raymond Blanc’s gorgeous rural haven: an utterly beautiful manor house surrounded by gardens and orchards. It has earned and kept two Michelin stars.
Stand-out dish: A theme on strawberry, which celebrates the most British of fruits with an assortment of sorbets, toffees and sauces.
Number of bedrooms: 32
The Wensleydale Heifer, Main Street, West Witton, North Yorkshire, DL8 4LS. Tel: 01969 622322
A 17th century coaching inn at the heart of the rugged Yorkshire Dales, famous for its seafood. The menu is creative, the helpings are huge and delicious, while the staff are friendly and charming.
Stand-out dish: Fish and chips; the former battered in Black Sheep beer, the latter fried in goose fat.
Number of rooms: 13
The Pig, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL; The Pig in the Wall, 8 Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AZ. Tel: 01590 622354
Whether you stay in the Georgian country house near Brockenhurst or its sister residence, The Pig in the Wall in Southampton city centre, The Pig is a hub of understated extravagance.
Stand-out dish: Bath chap (a pig’s head complete with teeth).
Number of rooms: The Pig has 26, while The Pig in the Wall has 12
The Orange, 37 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE. Tel: 020 7881 9844
A city gastropub with a relaxed country house feel. Have dinner in the quiet upstairs dining room.
Stand-out dish: Earl Grey custard tart.
Number of rooms: 4
Serving modern British food, this traditional watermill offers contemporary elegance throughout.
Stand-out dish: White chocolate and celery sorbet.
Number of rooms: 15
L’Enclume, Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Nr Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ. Tel: 015395 36362
Tucked away in the charming medieval village of Cartmel, L’Enclume has two Michelin stars and operates its own six-acre farm, where the ingredients in the restaurant’s dishes come from. This is a true taste of the area, and the rooms are achingly stylish to boot.
Stand-out dish: Anything with flowers on it!
Number of rooms: 18
Plas Bodegroes, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 5TH. Tel: 01758 612363
Only a mile from the stunning coastline of north Wales, this Grade II listed manor house is simply beautiful. The menu changes daily, but the Welsh cheese board is a delicious staple.
Stand-out dish: Scallops sourced from nearby Cardigan or Nefyn bays.
Number of rooms: 11
The Greyhound on the Test, 31 High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EY. Tel: 01264 810833
Perched on the banks of the most famous fly fishing river in the world, this cosy inn serves up a generous amount of fish and seafood in its beautiful, low-beamed bar dining room. You can book to fish on the private beat here and have lunch in the fishing hut. The staff are lovely and the bedrooms are gorgeously decorated – chinoisery blinds and beds plump with cushions.
Stand-out dish: Plaice with new potatoes.
Number of rooms: 7
Windlestraw Lodge, Tweedy Valley, Walkerburn, Scotland, EH43 6AA. Tel: 01896 870 636
Overlooking the picturesque Tweed valley, Windlestraw Lodge is the picture of perfect romance. It’s tasteful, comfortable and can be hired out for parties of 12. The food is all comfortingly local.
Stand-out dish: Eyemouth haddock and Mull cheddar espresso.
Number of rooms: 6
The Sun Inn, High Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6DF. Tel: 01206 323 351
This jolly pub in the heart of Constable country serves hearty helpings of Italian-influenced food, made using the best local ingredients.
Stand-out dish: Duck hearts on toast.
Number of rooms: 7