The Best Foodie Gift Cards and Vouchers (great for the last minute shopper)
Foodie gift cards and vouchers make wonderful gifts for food lovers at all times of the year. Whether you’re shopping for a last minute Christmas gift, celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, they’re a safe bet and a good gift option for all age groups. With so many different food & drink experiences to tempt your taste buds, we’ve picked some of our favourites to help you choose the perfect present. We think they’re guaranteed to bring joy and create happy memories for the lucky gift recipient.
If you’re shopping at the last minute, some offer handy downloadable or egift cards. If you have more time for the big day, buy a gift voucher and present it in a special card or gift box as a lovely surprise.
Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers
From the more traditional sit down afternoon teas, to a quirky afternoon tea on a London bus:
The quintessential traditional English afternoon tea. Taken in Fortnum’s beautiful Diamond Jubilee Salon, expect eau-de-nil china, a resident pianist tinkling on the ivories, pretty patisserie and precision cut finger sandwiches.
In 2017, The Botanist restaurant opened at Kew Gardens. Now visitors to these vast and beautiful botanical gardens in South West London can enjoy a day out and a delicious afternoon tea served with a glass of Prosecco. The ideal gift for a garden lover.
A quirky afternoon tea experience and a fun way to discover the sights of London if you’re visiting the city. Enjoy tea, cakes, sandwiches and fizz as you whizz around the capital on a vintage routemaster bus.
Buy an afternoon tea gift voucher (from Virgin Experience Days)
A visit to Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete with afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tearooms. The Lady Betty Afternoon tea served at both their York and Harrogate tea salons is a stylish and devilishly delicious experience. A real treat and a time-honoured Yorkshire tradition.
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Cookery Class Gift Vouchers
Budding chefs, enthusiastic home cooks, starving students and gourmet grannies will love these cookery classes and courses.
Snack on a cookery class at Jamie Oliver’s cookery school located in London’s Westfield shopping centre. From pasta making to Mexican street food, there’s a cookery lesson to suit all tastes and flavours.
With two locations in London, Atelier des Chefs offer a range of cooking lessons including a speedy 30 minute class designed so that city workers can easily take one in a lunch hour or after work. A great gift for someone who works either in central London or in the City.
Master the art of Italian cooking at London’s only dedicated Italian cookery school located in Marylebone. The school is run by Giancarlo Caldesi and his wife, Katie. They are also proprietors of Caldesi in Campagna, a renowned Italian restaurant situated in the foodie enclave of Bray, near Windsor.
Buy a Cucina Caldesi Gift Card (from Virgin Experience Days)
Learn to ice designer biscuits at The Biscuiteers’ Icing School in either Notting Hill or Battersea. Popular with kids and grown ups alike (especially their icing lates that come served with Prosecco).
London & Hampshire
With 3 cookery school locations (2 in London and 1 in Salisbury), this is a popular gift experience for die-hard Waitrose shoppers.
Buy a Waitrose Cookery School voucher (from Red Letter days)
If you know someone who’s always wanted to visit Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s award-winning hotel in Oxford, a cookery day here is a fun and more affordable way to experience it. The hotel and gardens are stunning. Classes take place in small groups and are run by Raymond Blanc’s head tutor.
Buy a gift voucher for Raymond Blanc’s Cookery School (from Virgin Experience Days)
Thyme Cookery School at Southrop Manor
Treat someone you love to a cookery course in the countryside. The Southrop Manor Estate and hotel in the Cotswolds is home to the Thyme cookery school. A cookery day here includes a delicious lunch and a glass of wine.
Buy a Thyme cookery gift voucher (from Virgin Experience Days)
Budding bakers can learn to bake exquisite cakes, breads and patisserie in this handsome spa town. There are hands-on courses and chefs demos to choose from.
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Restaurant Gift Cards
Hotel Chocolat have restaurants in both London and Leeds. In the capital, their restaurant Rabot 1745 sits above their shop at London’s Borough Market in Southwark. Why not treat someone you love to a Hotel Chocolat restaurant voucher so they can enjoy dinner or a chocolate afternoon tea.
Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill
Treat someone to a 3 course lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill. It will be served with a glass of champagne in the elegant 1920’s dining room.
Buy a Savoy Grill Restaurant Gift Voucher (From Virgin Experience Days)
Travel Gift Cards and Memberships
National Trust Gift Cards
There are over 500 National Trust properties to explore in Britain including Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s former home in Kent and Greenway, the Devon holiday home of Agatha Christie. Buy a gift card and the recipient can use it for a spot of lunch, afternoon tea or a shopping trip.
English Heritage Membership
An English Heritage Membership card will give the gift recipient access to over 400 historic places across the UK. Discover palaces, houses, castles, abbeys, historical gardens, industrial sites and a Roman fort.
An RHS Membership card offers garden lovers year-round unlimited access to the 4 RHS gardens including RHS Wisley in Surrey. They also get free entry to more than 200 Partner gardens across the UK and overseas (conditions apply) including Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Smell the roses and then enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea in one of the restaurants or garden cafes.
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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.