Food and drink in England

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 and drink in England.

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Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Choose from an impressive line-up of different cuisines at this regular night market, set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter's historic quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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September events: Help yourself to the best food and drink in Aldeburgh

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

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

In recent years restaurants in Brighton & Hove have proved that the city has a lot more to offer gastronomes than just fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Stunning sea views and fine wines at a hip Dorset clifftop hotel

Enjoy a romantic summer break to the luxurious Seaside Boarding House in Dorset.

Location: Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Visit Viviers Fish Market located in the picturesque Camber Dock fishing marina and try some of the freshest seafood on the south coast.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Dine at the best restaurants in Bristol

Bristol is home to three Michelin starred venues, three of the UK's top restaurants and many other award-winning dining experiences.

Location: Bristol

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Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Meet local food producers, try something new and take home a taste of Lincolnshire at the Farmers’ Market in Lincoln's historic Castle Square.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Delve into delicious food in Manchester’s Exchange Square

Enjoy fine food, delightful drinks, impressive architecture and remarkable views in some of Manchester’s best and newest restaurants and bars.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Best food festivals in England

Autumn's tastiest food festivals

Celebrate the great tastes and smells of the autumn's food festival season at one of these fabulous foodie locations.

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Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

A farm shop like no other, Ludlow Food Centre is situated in Shropshire’s gastronomic capital of Ludlow.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

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Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.

Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire

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Discover Yorkshire fayre and hospitality at the Shibden Mill Inn

Nestling in the fold of the picturesque Shibden Valley is fantastic food, drink and sumptuous accommodation at the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn.

Location: Halifax, Yorkshire

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Wake up early for a totally worth it tour of Brixham Fish Market

An early morning visit to Brixham's famous fish market is the most authentic way to experience coastal life in the southwest of England.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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September events: Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, an enviable food culture, passionate local chefs and food producers and you get the perfect recipe for Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

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Indulge in a foodie break in Shakespeare's England

Indulge at quintessentially English tearooms, Michelin starred restaurants and traditional coaching inns set amidst glorious Warwickshire countryside

Location: Warwickshire

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August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

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Discover the City of London’s street food scene

Enjoy a bite, a browse and a brilliant day out in the historic surroundings of Guildhall Yard.

Location: London

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Fill your belly on a gourmet break in Bakewell

Enjoy a delicious culinary experience in Bakewell, home of the world-famous Pudding, and hone your hands-on skills on a specialist cookery course.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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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

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Sample real ales at the Winter Ales Festival

Discover your favourite real ale at the Derby CAMRA Winter Ales Festival at the Derby Roundhouse from 20-23 February 2019.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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