Foodie Days Out in Britain
Here’s your guide to some of the best foodie days out in Britain this summer
From artisan gin tasting adventures to afternoon tea among the flowers, we’ve discovered some of the best places to enjoy a foodie day out in Britain this Summer.
Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire
The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is located at the historic Laverstoke Mill on the banks of the River Test. It has opened its doors to gin-lovers offering them gin discovery experiences and tours in a stunning natural setting.
Bakewell, Peak District, Derbyshire
Reward yourself with a traditional Bakewell Pudding after walking or cycling the 9-mile Monsal Trail (also known as the Cake Trail). It follows the former railway line offering spectacular views of the Derbyshire countryside and the magnificent Monsal viaduct as you taste and go.
Bakewell, Peak District, Derbyshire
Chatsworth, the 35,000 acre Derbyshire estate that is the ancestral home of the Duke of Devonshire, offers a splendid day out. For Foodie Gardeners, there’s lots of inspiration to be found walking around Chatsworth House gardens.
At the western end of the Chilterns and on the eastern slopes of the Thames valley, there’s a village located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is famous for its historic watercress beds.
Enjoy a fun few hours tasting chocolate on a chocolate walking tour. Whether you’re visiting London or Brighton, Chocolate Ecstasy Tours have come up with creative and very delicious ways to discover, learn about and taste fine quality chocolate.
Serious Foodies flock from all over the capital to feast, drink and shop at Borough Market. Located under the railway arches next to Southwark Cathedral, the market has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years and is now a top tourist attraction in the city.
On an idyllic farm in the North Cotswolds surrounded by beautiful Warwickshire countryside, exciting things are happening with gin and whisky at this state-of-the-art boutique distillery.
ILoved by celebrities such as Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley, Daylesford Organic Farm is where to do ‘Chic Country Foodie’. It’s utterly stylish and offers a smorgasbord for foodies to enjoy. Perfect your cooking skills at the Cookery School, buy organic produce in the Farm Shop or take the kids on the farm tour.
Home of the nation’s favourite farmer, Adam Henson’s farm park in the Cotswolds will already be familiar to regular viewers of the BBC’s Countryfile programme.
Denbies Wine Estate is one of the largest vineyards in the UK, producing over 400,000 bottles of wine a year. Take a tour of the winery and see how the vineyard changes through the seasons in its 360 degree cinema.
Go to a Food Festival at Historic Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (25th-27th August)
Food lovers and history buffs flock to the grounds of historic Hampton Court Palace over the August Bank Holiday weekend for a tasting extravaganza. This year’s chef line-up at the food and drink festival includes appearances from big name chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein, and Kenny Tutt, MasterChef winner 2018.
Take the Chapel Down vineyard tour in Kent to find out what makes it ‘the home of English wine’. It’s the largest English wine producer with over a million bottles labelled with its clever logo each year.
Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Perch Hill, the home of Sarah Raven, one of Britain’s best known gardening and food writers, offers a taste of gourmet gardening in deepest Sussex. Visit on an Open Day to see it in its full glory or book a gardening or cookery course.
Winston Churchill once said, “A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted”. It’s not hard to see why. Stepping across its threshold and wandering through its intimate rooms feels like an enormous privilege. Visit this wonderful National Trust property and discover Churchill’s passions including Champagne and cigars.
Whitstable, Kent (July)
The seaside town of Whitstable really comes alive each summer for its annual Oyster Festival in July. It’s a key date for foodies in Britain who come to enjoy the town’s party atmosphere all in homage to the world famous Whitstable oyster.
Photo: Julia Claxton
Admire the Vines at RidgeFest on the Ridgeview Wine Estate
Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling, Sussex (25th August)
Ridgeview Wine Estate in Ditchling produces outstanding English sparkling wine. On Saturday 25th August, it’s hosting a mini food and drink festival. Set amongst the vines and with panoramic views of the beautiful Sussex countryside and South Downs, this is a wonderful day out for wine lovers. Sip a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival before taking a tour of Ridgeview vineyard and winery.
Tracing the Exe Valley from Dawlish to Exmouth, this 17.5 mile long estuary trail is fairly flat. It presents plentiful opportunities to stop off at cafés, pubs, vineyards and the renowned Darts Farm as you pedal your way along the estuary soaking up the view and working up an appetite.
Sharpham vineyard has one of the most beautiful settings on the banks of the river Dart where the sun reflects off the water on to the grapes. As a working dairy, the Sharpham Estate near Totnes is an ideal place to do a vineyard tour followed by a cheese and wine tasting.
From its origins as a pick-your-own farm in the 1950s, Darts Farm in Devon has been on an incredible journey. It’s a great place to both eat and shop but also offers you the chance to get closer to nature through bird-watching, fishing, exploring the farm on foot or cycling the nearby Exe trail.
One of only a handful of gardens in the UK to be given organic status by the Soil Association, the Yeo Valley Organic Garden at Holt Farm is a little Somerset gem. Visit for an afternoon stroll followed by tea on the terrace.
Hauser and Wirth Gallery near Bruton, is Somerset’s latest cultural hub. Located on a beef farm, the gallery is a rural outpost for modern art. It’s a great place to eat steak and see the countryside used as artistic inspiration.
Restored Barley Wood Walled Garden is home to a restaurant where you can eat and drink like an ethicurean. Taste inspiring artisan dishes, sourced from the locality, that brim with flavour. Have a vermouth adventure too.
Ludlow, Shropshire (12th August)
Magnalonga is an annual mouthwatering walk for foodies in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. It’s held as part of the early programme of activities leading up to Ludlow Food Festival in September.
Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop is situated a few miles north of the medieval market town of Shrewsbury on the site of one of Britain’s bloodiest battles. Part of the Albrighton Estate, ‘Battlefield 1403’ houses a butchery, delicatessen, café and Battlefield exhibition.
Newchurch, The Isle of Wight (18th &19th August)
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the Island’s biggest summer show. With food, music, a funfair, entertainment, animals and all-things garlicky, it’s a wonderful day out for all the family.
Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons, Wales
In the scenic and spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, there’s whisky to be tasted in the hills, and gin too. Take the Penderyn Distillery tour and learn the secrets of Welsh whisky.
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and Cookery School, Conwy, North Wales
Set in the heart of the Conwy Valley overlooking the mountains of Snowdonia, is the multi award-winning Bodnant Welsh Food Centre. With three quarters of its stock being of purely Welsh origin, it’s one of the best places to gain an authentic taste of Wales.
Portmeirion Village, Minffordd, North Wales
Portmeirion is where North Wales meets the Italian Riviera. Perched between the majestic mountains of Snowdonia and overlooking the picturesque Dwyryd Estuary, this iconic fantasy Italianate village is a must for any Foodie Traveller.
Betws y Coed, North Wales
The Ugly House is nestled on the edge of North Wales’ historic coach road between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig. It’s a quirky little tea room with a traditional Welsh cottage interior, an informative “Honeybee Room” and a magical bee-friendly garden.
On the edge of the Lancashire coast, not far from the historic seafaring port of Liverpool, lies the National Trust’s newly developed Asparagus Walking Trail. Stretch your legs, fill your lungs with salty sea air and discover more about the once highly-coveted Formby asparagus.
Dirleton, Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Just 18 miles from Edinburgh and set within the beautiful grounds of the Archerfield Estate, you’ll find the Walled Garden with its family-friendly café, shop and microbrewery.