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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Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Sat high on a cliff overlooking the stunning North Devon coast, the art deco Saunton Sands Hotel is a wonderful spot to take afternoon tea.

Location: Saunton, Devon

Coastal towns
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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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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Enjoy some Cumbrian produce in Ambleside

Enjoy some Cumbrian produce in Ambleside

Foodies will love sampling the finest local Cumbrian produce, fell bred beef, Herdwick lamb, fresh seafood and fresh water fish, cheeses and breads in Ambleside.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Regional specialities
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Take a taste of Norwich back home with you

Take a taste of Norwich back home with you

Norwich’s compact creative quarter is packed with foodie delights, from fine dining restaurants to asparagus and Colman’s Mustard.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Eating out
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Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Join Riverside Cottage mushroom expert John Wright as you forage in Devon’s woodland fields to identify, gather responsibly and cook some wild fungi.

Location: Axminster, Devon

Activities
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Taste Grasmere Gingerbread

Taste Grasmere Gingerbread

Stock up on one of the Lake District’s most famous exports.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

National Parks
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Get a taste for elegance at Mark Poynton's celebrated spot

Get a taste for elegance at Mark Poynton's celebrated spot

Alimentum is firmly in the stratosphere of England's dining elite. But its prices show its feet are firmly on the ground.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Food and Drink
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Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

The magnificent coastline of South Tyneside tells a story that stretches far beyond the stunning aesthetics of the golden sands and rugged cliffs.

Location: Marsden, South Tyneside

Beaches
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Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Fine dining, traditional pubs and a history of oyster fishing combine to make Emsworth an enticing destination for food lovers.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

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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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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Over a quarter of a century as Bristol's maritime darling

Over a quarter of a century as Bristol's maritime darling

Whether it's a party or a romantic meal for two, do it in style: floating in Bristol's pretty harbour.

Location: Bristol

Food and Drink
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Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Mowbray offer the perfect romantic or countryside getaway for foodies.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Regional specialities
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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast
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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Sample Manchester’s show-stopping teas and treats

Sample Manchester’s show-stopping teas and treats

Award-winning venues, finger sandwiches, sweet delights and lashings of tea are guaranteed to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Afternoon tea
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Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Explore the world of Christmas food and drink with Michelin-starred celebrity chefs at the Taste of Christmas event in London’s Docklands.

Location: London

Food and Drink
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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of food stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for foodies.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals

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