Regional specialities

From the rich, savoury Cornish pasties eaten by tin miners to the raisin-filled, sugar-speckled Eccles cake of Manchester banned by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century for tasting so indecently good, traditional English food has a delicious history. Local producers take pride in their regional specialities, using recipes passed down through the years and only the very best ingredients. Get comfy in the inviting teashops of Derbyshire for a slice of jammy Bakewell tart, buy a Melton Mowbray pork pie for a picnic on a perfect Leicestershire day, or book a table at a city’s smart gastropub to enjoy an enormous Sunday roast lunch.

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Delve into the brewing process at Robinsons Brewery

Delve into the brewing process at Robinsons Brewery

At the Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre, you can explore the beer-making journey; meeting Old Tom, Unicorn and a Dizzy Blonde along the way.

Location: Stockport, Cheshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

If you’re a cheese connoisseur then a trip to Colston Bassett is a must when you are in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Find heaven in a tasty Coventry Godcake

Find heaven in a tasty Coventry Godcake

Taste a delicious piece of edible history in one of England's most historic cities at Coventry's Transport Museum.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Regional specialities
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Cadbury World

Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

Rather than sending a postcard, why not give your mates a true taste of what you did at the weekend, by posting them a pudding?

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Budget
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Poetry of the Lakes

Poetry of the Lakes

Walking the natural phenomena that is the Lake District costs nothing and is arguably the most romantic place in England.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Enjoy a trip to Vallum - the artisan gateway to Hadrian's Wall with locally food grown by Northumbrian neighbours.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

Regional specialities
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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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Tuck into artisan baked goods at the Pump Street Bakery

Tuck into artisan baked goods at the Pump Street Bakery

Visit Orford’s award-winning bakery and indulge in homemade breads, perfect pastries and handmade chocolate.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Regional specialities
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Seaside chic in south Devon

Seaside chic in south Devon

Treat yourself to some sophistication-on-sea with a boutique room at the Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe Bay, Devon

Coast
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Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Treat yourself to The Gunton Arms’ gourmet menu before bedding down in a luxury room for the night.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Taste ice cream straight from the farm

Taste ice cream straight from the farm

Savour the delights of ice cream straight from the farm, in the pretty rural Nottinghamshire countryside.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Visit the home of the Bramley Apple in Nottinghamshire

Visit the home of the Bramley Apple in Nottinghamshire

Discover the apple of Nottinghamshire's eye: The Bramley Apple. Visit its home in Southwell for a mouth-watering apple escape this autumn.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Food and Drink
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Discover Whitby’s only traditional smokehouse

Discover Whitby’s only traditional smokehouse

Peep inside Whitby's famous Fortune’s Kippers smokehouse and awaken your senses to the flavours, tastes and smells of long ago.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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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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Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Holmfirth’s Food and Drink Festival in September is a jam-packed weekend with cookery demonstrations, food markets, live music and entertainment.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

September events
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Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Making wine in the Garden of England.

Location: Biddenden, Kent

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Have fun at Dorset's unusual Knobs, Nettle and Chilli events

Have fun at Dorset's unusual Knobs, Nettle and Chilli events

Dorset's entertaining food events celebrate some strange traditions! From Nettle Eating and Knob throwing to Dorset's own Chilli Fiesta.

Location: Dorset

Coastal towns
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Eat chocolate in York

Eat chocolate in York

The city that was once host to a Roman emperor, Viking warriors and Saxons also proudly revels in its long history with the cocoa bean, which dates back to the early 18th century.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Food and Drink

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