Food, glorious food

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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Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Oulton, Yorkshire

Countryside
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Tuck into famous fish ‘n’ chips

Tuck into famous fish ‘n’ chips

All that sea air definitely works up an appetite and what better place for a seaside treat than Colmans Fish & Chip Restaurant in South Shields.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Eating out
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Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Enjoy chic seaside life at ‘the Inn on the beach’ and a warm Cornish welcome at boutique hotel The Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Dine at Birmingham’s Michelin-star restaurants

Dine at Birmingham’s Michelin-star restaurants

Birmingham’s food scene is quickly gaining international culinary recognition due to the city’s impressive collection of Michelin-star restaurants.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Eating out
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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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Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while sipping a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Heritage
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See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

Once dominated by breweries, Burton is the natural place to visit and discover more about an Englishman’s much-loved tipple.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Breweries and distilleries
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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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Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Indulge your sweet tooth in Cocoa Wonderland

Sneak into Cocoa’s enchanted chocolate wonderland for a true midnight feast and experience a lock-in with a difference.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Hidden gems
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Eat authentic Italian food at Bibis Italianissimo

Eat authentic Italian food at Bibis Italianissimo

Be wined, dined and entertained at this decadent 1920s themed Italian restaurant and cocktail bar.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

Heritage
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Dinner at SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant

Dinner at SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant

Enjoy British modern cuisine alongside breathtaking panoramic views of NewcastleGateshead’s spectacular quayside.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Price: From £16 for two courses

Eating out
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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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Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Find the only beer still traditionally crafted in oak casks by the last remaining brewer in town, on the fringes of England’s National Forest.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

An elegant 18th century country house hotel within the Lake District.

Location: Ireby, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Tuck into a variety of scrumptious food in Derby

Tuck into a variety of scrumptious food in Derby

Savour delicious homemade food with scrummy local Derby 'pyclets', deli delights and a worldwide restaurant/café/pub scene.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Eating out
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Eat away your Saturday morning at Borough Market

Eat away your Saturday morning at Borough Market

Spend your Friday or Saturday morning browsing high quality produce from around the world at this famous market.

Location: London, Greater London

Budget
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Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit by a roaring coal fire, sampling the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Heritage
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Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

As if the Cotswolds weren't enough of a treat, get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Food and Drink
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Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Spend a weekend at Chiltern Ridge and make your own apple juice, and explore the two acre site and surrounding Chiltern Hills.

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Enjoy a two-night stay and wine tasting break

Enjoy a two-night stay and wine tasting break

Revel in a delicious 2-Night Wine Tasting Break at the beautiful Three Choirs Vineyard, inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and daily wine tours.

Location: Newent, Gloucestershire

Price: From £540 for two people

Vineyards and wine tasting

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