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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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Coastal towns
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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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Enjoy great views from Lincoln’s Electric Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy great views from Lincoln’s Electric Bar and Restaurant

Gaze down on the picturesque city of Lincoln while sipping cocktails and enjoying a delicious meal.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Food and Drink
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Have a taste of Colman’s Mustard Chocolate

Have a taste of Colman’s Mustard Chocolate

With its instantly recognisable canary yellow and fiery red branding Colman’s Mustard has graced many a dinner table around the world for over 180 years.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Shopping and fashion
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Enjoy a romantic meal by the river at Farndon Boathouse

Enjoy a romantic meal by the river at Farndon Boathouse

There is no better way to while away a summer’s evening with your loved one than with a visit to Farndon Boathouse Bar and Kitchen.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Eating out
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Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

As well as a legendary pork pie, they also have sausages, chutney... the lot.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Regional specialities
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Learn how to brew beer from Britain's oldest brewer

Learn how to brew beer from Britain's oldest brewer

Shepherd Neame in Faversham has been producing beer for over 850 years.

Location: Faversham, Kent

Breweries and distilleries
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Enjoy really high tea at the Spinnaker Tower

Enjoy really high tea at the Spinnaker Tower

Visit the Café in the Clouds for a high tea with a difference.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Indulge with Champagne on the London Eye

Indulge with Champagne on the London Eye

Whisk someone special away on a sunset 'flight' on board the London Eye, gazing at the cityscape below as you sip Champagne.

Location: Waterloo, Greater London

Unique Experiences
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Delicious pub grub at the cosy Pheasant Inn

Delicious pub grub at the cosy Pheasant Inn

Spend a leisurely afternoon tucked away in a peaceful corner of rural Cheshire. Enjoy a cosy meal in front of the fire and admire the stunning views.

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

Pubs and cocktail bars
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Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Activities
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Get your head in the clouds

Get your head in the clouds

Calling all cumulo-lovers: Lincolnshire is home to the world’s first ‘Official Cloudspotting Area’.

Location: Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

Unique Experiences
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Thornton Le Dale

Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Low cost
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Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Pack up a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the sea air on Southsea Common, the perfect place to spend a sunny Portsmouth afternoon.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

City parks
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Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Grab the freshest food at Bath’s historic marketplace

Find award-winning produce on every corner, at this rather tasty farmers’ market.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food markets
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Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

Heritage
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Betty's Café Tea Rooms

Betty's Café Tea Rooms

True Yorkshire hospitality and delicious treats.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Afternoon tea
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Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

The intimate setting of Maiyango is perfect for re-igniting or kindling a romance. Learn how to make your own cocktails with a resident mixologist.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Cookery courses
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Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Family

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