Food and drink

A nation that invented afternoon tea to satisfy that long gap between lunch and dinner is clearly a nation obsessed with food. Fresh-from-the-sea fish ‘n’ chips and sizzling Baltis, vibrant street food and Michelin-starred establishments: you’ll find a treat to suit your tastes in England. Tuck into regional specialities, from pikelets to pork pies, stinky cheeses to sizzling sausages. Wash it all down with a carefully crafted real ale, cider, G&T or award-winning wine. England is also famed for its gastro pubs, buzzing food festivals and quirky celebrations of produce – asparagus festival or garlic fiesta, anyone? You’ll find the best food right across England.

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Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Sample the best of Liverpool’s thriving food and drink scene at this weekend of gastronomic delights.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

City
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Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

The Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire is a beautiful private estate, ideal for a scenic walk and a picnic.

Location: Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

Walking and hiking
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Indulge on a Chocolate and Wine Masterclass at Vinopolis

Indulge on a Chocolate and Wine Masterclass at Vinopolis

Treat your tastebuds and learn about how to match premium chocolate and wine with the experts at top London wine experience Vinopolis.

Location: London Bridge, Greater London

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Drink real ales at The Castle Hotel

Drink real ales at The Castle Hotel

Try your hand at Shove ha’penny, bar billiards and sample some really fine real ale in Shropshire’s brewing capital.

Location: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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The Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a 3 AA Rosette modern British country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote.

Location: Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Eating out
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Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Fresh, local, award-winning produce and more. Simply delicious.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Regional specialities
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Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Pie and Vinyl combines the UK's favourite comfort food, ‘Pie & Mash’ with everyone's favourite food for the soul, music.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Eating out
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce and meeting birds of prey at the Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Spend the night in your very own railway carriage

Spend the night in your very own railway carriage

Why not make trainspotting your passion whilst staying in ‘Oscar’, a railway carriage permanently stationed at Cloughton railway station.

Location: Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

Spend a romantic break at The Chester Grosvenor in the heart of the ancient city of Chester. Enjoy a couple’s massage, drink champagne and eat spectacular food in this beautiful hotel.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall’s waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes, at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Learn culinary skills at Vaughan's Kitchen Cookery School

Learn culinary skills at Vaughan's Kitchen Cookery School

From basic bread making through to patisserie master classes; practice your cookery skills with one of these workshops.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Cookery courses
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Tavistock Farmers' Market

Tavistock Farmers' Market

Food is serious business in Tavistock: on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the central Bedford Square jumps into life.

Location: Tavistock, Devon

Low cost
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A local look at one of Cornwall's national success stories

A local look at one of Cornwall's national success stories

An ex-RAF pilot and his wife grew their wine into an international triumph. Catch a glimpse and a taste in historic Bodmin.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Tours and trails
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Eat local and stay in the luxurious rooms at The Pig

Eat local and stay in the luxurious rooms at The Pig

Foraged food and beautiful shabby chic décor are the order of the day at this unusual, but luxurious, country house hotel.

Location: Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Indulge in fresh food, straight from garden to plate

Indulge in fresh food, straight from garden to plate

After a long walk in the countryside, relax and enjoy dinner using the freshest local produce straight from The Pig’s kitchen garden.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Eating out
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Pick up traditional rural skills on a Shropshire working farm

Pick up traditional rural skills on a Shropshire working farm

Ever wanted to rear pigs, make cider or preserve fruits? Take a traditional skills workshop at Acton Scott to learn how to live the ‘the good life’.

Location: Acton Scott, Shropshire

Activities

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