From bee hotels to farm kitchens, we round up some of the restaurants, hotels and distilleries in England that are taking locally-sourced to the next level.
Gin fans will love the new Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill on the edges of the North Wessex Downs in Hampshire. Bombay Sapphire has worked closely with famous designers to create an environmentally-friendly glasshouse distillery that houses Bombay Sapphire's 10 botanical ingredients. Explore the distinctive distillery for yourself on a self-discovery experience, uncovering the fascinating
history behind Laverstoke Mill and the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire, before stopping off for a
complimentary drink in the Mill Bar. Alternatively, join a workshop that will engage your senses with an
aroma session and demonstrate how to make the ultimate G&T.
For an afternoon tea with a buzz, head to St Ermin’s Hotel in London’s Westminster. Accompanied by
unlimited Champagne, head chef, Adam Handling, has created a honey-themed feast using honey from the hotel’s very own bee hotel. Made up of stylish hexagon suites painted with the hotel’s signature purple, the bee hotel provides a home for a wide variety of bee species including the leaf cutter bee and the tree bumble bee, as well as many other insects that help create the ideal honey-making environment. Once you’ve tucked into an indulgent selection of treats, including chocolate and honey cheesecake and lemon and honeycomb tart (thanks bees!) head up to the wildflower terrace on the third floor and see this buzzing spectacle safely from behind the glass viewing gallery.
Tucked away in the heart of the Peak District, Losehill House Hotel & Spa are a boutique hideaway passionate about making the most of their lush surroundings, sourcing quality ingredients from local businesses wherever possible. This year sees them go one step further with their very own vegetable garden. Book a table here and you’ll have a piece of the Peak District on your plate, as the courgettes, baby carrots, broad beans and other vegetables on the menu would have been picked earlier that day.
Built in the Georgian period and expanded in Victorian times, Heckfield Place country house hotel in Hampshire is set to break foodie boundaries when it opens in March 2015. Its hyper-local restaurant will only serve food created using produce that’s grown and reared on-site from the hotel’s 330 acre working farm and historic walled garden teeming with flowers, herbs and fruit trees. Along with the farm-to-fork experience, you can indulge in a variety of other treats you’d expect from a luxurious country house hotel, including health and beauty treatments, a 65-seat subterranean screening room and 60 individually-designed bedrooms.
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