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Food & Drink Tasting Experiences

Eat and drink your way around Britain with these delicious tasting experiences.

Where do you go to find the best and most unique food and drink experiences in Britain? And, if you’re looking for a really special gift for a food lover, what are the best tasting gift experiences available?

At The Foodie Travel Guide, we’ve tasted some mouth-watering delights on our travels around the country. From artisan gin distilled at one of a growing number of boutique gin distilleries – to field to fork dining in a rustic farm restaurant – we’ve found some unique ways to discover good food and drink in Britain.

Of course, we love tried and tested British traditions. Afternoon tea taken at Fortnum and Mason in London or at Bettys, Yorkshire finest tearooms, is always a thrill. But we also seek out simple crab shacks on the beach and, hidden away down quiet country lanes, specialist bean-to-bar chocolate producers. Use our Tasting Guide to find your next food adventure.

 

Tasting Experience Guide

Traditional Afternoon Tea with cakes, scones and champagne

Afternoon Tea Experiences

Everyone loves traditional Afternoon Tea. Get together with your girlfriends and celebrate a special occasion with a champagne afternoon tea.

Three different bottles of gin

Gin Tasting Experiences

Try your hand at a gin masterclass or take a tour of one of Britain’s boutique gin distilleries. 

Chunks of chocolate on a tasting platter

Chocolate Tasting Experiences

Learn all about the cocoa bean and the art of chocolate making from bean-to-bar with a chocolate tasting adventure.

Wine bottles stored in a cellar

Wine Tasting Experiences

Visit an English vineyard and taste English sparkling wine or go back to school for a wine tasting class.

a pint of beer ready for tasting

Beer Tasting

Become a beer explorer on your travels by taking a brewery tour.

Large wheels of matured cheese

Cheese Tasting

Discover Britain’s best specialist cheese shops, tours and trails.

Crate of Thatcher's cider apples

Cider Tasting 

Explore rustic cider farms in Somerset, Herefordshire & Kent.

A glass of whisky with ice

Whisky Tasting

From the Highlands to the Lowlands, find the best places to go whisky tasting.

Rustic dining experiences to tickle your taste buds

Riverford Farm Restaurant

Farm Cafes and Restaurants

Do the farm tour and then sit down to a true farm-to-fork feast at these farm cafes and restaurants.

A traditional walled garden in autumn

Garden Cafes and Restaurants 

Come up smelling of roses when you dine as these delightful gourmet garden cafes.

 Popular dining experiences for travellers

A steam train and carriages

Train Dining Experiences 

Discover the romantic age of train travel with a day out on a steam train. Enjoy fine dining and countryside views as you go slow.

cafes and restaurants at Steephill hill cove Isle of Wight

Beach Cafes 

Taste sensational seafood and get the sand between your toes at these charming beach cafes and seaside restaurants.

Ten Fun Tasting Experiences To Have in Britain

 

There are so many wonderful things to taste in Britain. Whether you enjoy tucking in to fish and chips, whisky tasting in the Scottish Highlands, wine tasting in a vineyard, or traditional English Afternoon Tea, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Rows of vine Chapel Down vineyard

1. Champagne Tasting in an English vineyard

Many English vineyards share the same chalky terrain as the Champagne region in France. For a wine tasting experience with extra fizz, visit Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex. As a specialist producer of English sparkling wine, they’ve won many coveted awards.

Palm Court Brasserie at The Ritz Hotel London

2. Tea Tasting with a Tea Sommelier

If you love drinking tea, book a table for afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in London’s Piccadilly. The luxury hotel, frequented by the rich and famous, has its own dedicated Tea Sommelier. Choose from a range of speciality teas on the tea menu, all carefully chosen for their flavour.

Distillers at Sipsmith gin distillery Chiswick

3. Gin Tasting in London

Home of London Dry Gin, you’ll find there’s no shortage of gin tasting experiences in London. Visit Sipsmith gin distillery in West London for a gin masterclass and to find out how Sipsmith kick-started the latest gin craze in the capital.

River Cottage in Devon

4. Dining at River Cottage

For a country food tasting experience, book a table at River Cottage. As one of Britain’s favourite TV chefs, food writers and campaigners, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is known for his foraging skills and the mouth-watering farmhouse feasts he and his team cook up at River Cottage HQ.

bottles of whisky Scotch whisky experience

5. Whisky Tasting in Scotland

If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the weekend, try taking a ride in a whisky barrel at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Learn about how whisky is made and taste a range of different malts.

chocolate tasting platter and prosecco

6. Chocolate Tasting Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat’s tasting adventures are available in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Manchester and York. Social and fun, they also make a great gift for a chocolate lover.

Shepherd Neame Brewery Faversham Kent

7. Beer Tasting in Kent

Faversham in Kent, is home to Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery. If you’re looking for a beer tasting experience that’s steeped in brewing history and tradition, book a brewery tour here. It’s popular so do make sure you book well in advance.

afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason

8. Afternoon Tea in London

There is no greater luxury than taking afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason. Served in their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, it is one of the loveliest foodie things to do in London. Savour freshly baked scones and dainty finger sandwiches as you listen to the resident pianist.

Drinkers enjoying Sheppy's cider in Somerset

9. Cider Tasting at a rustic cider mill

Somerset is one of Britain’s best cider producing regions. Visit Sheppy’s cider mill where you can taste cider and sit down to a delicious lunch in the Apple Bay restaurant.

The Northern Belle dining carriage

10. Fine Dining on a Steam Train 

For a gourmet dining experience on a luxury steam train, climb aboard the Northern Belle. Enjoy a five-course meal and champagne as you admire the countryside views.