Foodie Hotels For Tasting Breaks
Chocoholic? Cider lover? Passionate about locally sourced farm-to-table produce? From Afternoon Tea with an amazing view on the North Wales coast, to whisky tasting in the Scottish Highlands, to eating traditional British puddings in the Cotswolds, we’ve put together some unique foodie hotel escapes in the UK.
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Traditional English Afternoon Tea
Royal Crescent Hotel
Bath, Somerset, England
There’s a real sense of occasion to taking Afternoon Tea here. What makes it extra special is the grandeur of the hotel’s splendid Georgian surroundings. The gardens, too, are an unexpected hidden oasis. Exquisite patisserie and dainty finger sandwiches adorn the cake stand. Service is impeccable. Stay for the night and enjoy some relaxation time in the hotel’s spa. Read our review of Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.
Spa break for two with Afternoon Tea £490 a night.
Minffordd, North Wales
If you’re exploring North Wales, this is the hotel to stay in for ‘Afternoon Tea with a View’. On its own private peninsula, just south of the quirky fantasy village of Portmeirion, it overlooks the beautiful Dywryd Estuary. Feast your eyes on the view and watch the colours of the sky change as you sip tea and bite into cucumber sandwiches. Chocolate éclairs and freshly baked scones wink at you from the cake stand.
Rooms from £94 a night.
Ditchling, East Sussex, England
The Bull in Ditchling is one the few independent Freehold pubs in the country. It serves as the taphouse for Bedlam Brewery, a micro brewery based on a farm near Brighton, where regular tours are available. Stay in one of the pub’s 8 luxurious rooms and sip Bedlam’s cask beers and seasonal ales in the bar. For a drinker’s tour of Sussex, go from hop to vine with some wine tasting at nearby Ridgeview Wine Estate. The family-run vineyard specialises in English sparkling wine.
Winner of the Great British Pub Awards 2016.
Rooms from £120 a night
The Swan Hotel
Southwold, Suffolk, England
Beer-lovers flock to Southwold to tour Adnams Brewery and enjoy a pint in one of the town’s many charming pubs. A few yards from the historic brewery, is the Adnams-owned and recently re-furbished, Swan Hotel. It’s in a prime spot on Southwold’s High Street. The sea, with its colourful beach huts, is a short walk away. Gin lovers can tour Adnams Copper House Gin Distillery, where they produce Suffolk gin, vodka and whisky. It’s worth it just for the view.
Rooms from £150 a night
The Marine Hotel
Whitstable, Kent, England
This handsome seaside hotel is the place to sample traditional Kentish ales produced by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame. It’s one of several hotels in the area owned by the brewery. After a day exploring Whitstable and the Kent coastline, tuck into beer-battered fish and chips with a pint of Spitfire. Combine your stay with a brewery tour of Shepherd Neame in nearby Faversham (booking advisable).
Rooms from £90 a night
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Chocoholics will love Bournemouth’s Chocolate Boutique Hotel. Located in the stylish Soho Quarter, it prides itself on being the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel. Take part in chocolate workshops and events, enjoy the daily supply of yummy chocolates in your room or indulge in a naughty ‘Choctail’ in the bar.
Rooms from £72 a night.
The Wensleydale Heifer
Nr Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales, England
Chocoholics visiting the Yorkshire Dales, can stay in one of two chocolate-themed rooms at this quirky boutique hotel. There’s also a Malt Whisky room, a Champagne room and even a cow-themed room. The restaurant and fish bar are both popular. A great base for exploring this beautiful county.
Chocolate rooms from £200 a night.
Beryl Country House
Near Wells, Somerset England
Not a dedicated cider tasting hotel as such but one that is strategically placed for visiting over a dozen cider farms in the area including Thatchers Cider at Myrtle Farm. This elegant country house B&B is surrounded by parkland. There’s a Victorian walled garden and a pool within its grounds. Voted one of the Top 50 B&Bs in Britain by The Times.
Rooms from £100 a night.
The Goudhurst Inn
Goudhurst, Kent England
You can stay with the producers at The Goudhurst Inn. It’s owned by Hush Heath Estate makers of scrumptious Kentish ciders and English sparkling wine. Stay in one of the pub’s luxurious en-suite rooms, dine on traditional pub fayre in the restaurant and enjoy a pint of Jake’s Orchard Sparkling Kent Cider whilst admiring the beautiful view from the garden terrace.
Rooms from £85 a night.
The Bell at Skenfrith
Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, England
Stay at the delightful Bell at Skenfrith, a renowned foodie hotel in the peaceful Monmouthshire countryside. Within walking distance, you can visit both a ruined castle and a rustic cider farm. Apple County Cider has won Great Taste Awards and great acclaim from chefs, critics, writers, and foodies alike including Valentine Warner, Oz Clarke and Pete Brown.
Good for: Cider lovers who appreciate good food and a good walk
Great base for Abergavenny Food Festival
Rooms from £130 a night.
Woodstock, Oxford, England
Yes, this chic townhouse hotel has historic Blenheim Palace on its door step but it’s also known for its gin. The hotel was the first ever entrant into the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the largest selection of gins in the world. There are over 400 varieties behind the bar including local Cotswold gin. Book one of its special gin weekends or celebrate World Gin Day here in June.
Rooms from £85 a night.
Oakely Hall Hotel
Oakely, Hampshire, England
Gin-lovers can tour Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in Laverstoke which is just 5 miles away. Oakely Hall hotel offers a Bombay Sapphire Getaway Package which includes a ‘Self Discovery Tour’ at the distillery as well as a Gin & Tonic and Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Continue your gin tasting journey with a visit to a micro gin distillery near Winchester where Hampshire watercress adds a peppery note.
Gin breaks in a Deluxe Double Room from £199 a night.
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge
Nr Richmond, North Yorkshire, England
For a taste of luxury in the Yorkshire countryside, stay at The Coach House, a boutique hotel just an hour’s drive from York. It’s located on a 200-acre estate in the grounds of Georgian pile, Middleton Lodge. The restaurant sources produce from the estate and its 2-acre kitchen garden has been beautifully restored to its former glory. With treatment rooms, you can eat well and recharge your batteries.
Rooms from £160 a night.
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley
Pilsley, Peak District, Derbyshire, England
Foodie heaven in the Peak District. The menu at this village pub, owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is packed with produce from their country estate. Just up the road is Chatsworth Farm Shop and Cafe where you can stock up on local specialities. Within walking distance is their home, Chatsworth House and gardens, one of Britain’s most magnificent stately piles where there’s much to explore.
Rooms from £106 per night
The Garlic Farm
Newchurch, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
For a unique and pungent experience, stay in a farm cottage on the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm. Tempt your taste buds to some garlicky delights. Try garlic flavoured ice-cream, the restaurant’s amazing garlic bread, garlic beer and even garlic popcorn. They’re all on the menu at this family run farm where they’ve been growing garlic since the Second World War. Visit in August for the Isle of Wight’s Annual Garlic Festival. They know how to put on a good show.
Rooms from £80 a night.
Traditional British Puddings
The Pudding Club
Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds, England
Fancy staying in a room called Spotted Dick? Well, you can at Three Ways House in the Cotswolds, home to the world-famous Pudding Club. Indulge in a pudding tasting extravaganza – try traditional British puddings including crumbles, sponge puddings and tarts before retiring to your pudding-themed room for the night.
Rooms from £85 a night.
The Pier House
Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland
One of the joys of following the Scottish Seafood Trail is staying at The Pier House on the shores of Loch Linnhe. On the menu in the award-winning seafood restaurant are oysters hand-picked from Loch Creran oyster beds and mussels and langoustines harvested from Loch Linnhe and Loch Etive. Lobsters and crab are kept mouth-wateringly fresh in creels at the end of the pier.
Rooms from £95 a night
The George in Rye
Rye, East Sussex, England
Plan a February break at this gorgeous seaside boutique hotel in Rye and enjoy some sumptuous scallop tasting. The town is famous for them and it really comes alive during the annual Rye Scallop Festival. Year-round, tuck into the fish and chips in the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy it with a glass of English fizz from the nearby Chapel Down vineyard.
Rooms from £110 a night.
Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, England
There’s no actual vineyard here but there is plenty of wine. Wine-lovers can choose over 100 different wines by the glass or order a bottle from over 300 available. With wine courses, wine dinners and private tastings, you can brush up on your wine knowledge. There’s a plush spa so if tasting gets too much, indulge in some serious relaxation instead.
Rooms from £354 a night
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Unashamedly old-fashioned, the Eilean Iarmain is perched above the pretty little harbour, close to the southernmost tip of Skye. Next to it, you’ll find the ‘Praban na Linne’ Whisky Shop where you can enjoy a free tasting of the award-winning Gaelic whiskies.
Rooms from £120 a night.
Torridon, Wester Ross, Highlands, Scotland
It’s worth the drive to the beautiful Scottish Highlands to stay at the Torridon hotel on the shores of Loch Torridon. The hotel boasts an award-winning bar that serves up as many as 350 whiskies. The Torridon was one of the first 50 establishments to be awarded ‘Best Whisky Bar in the World’ status by Whisky Magazine.
Rooms from £165 a night.