Food and drink

Food and drink in England

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.

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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Dive into the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival

Dive into the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival

One of the biggest events on Kent’s calendar, the annual oyster festival in trendy Whitstable is far more than a foodie’s fiesta.

Location: Whitstable, Kent

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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

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Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Learn pie making, baking, patisserie or butchery on a short course at the School of Artisan Food, on the beautiful Welbeck Estate.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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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

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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

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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

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Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Take a water taxi to the River Exe Café, located on a floating pontoon on the Exe Estuary, and sample freshly caught fish dishes.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

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Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

At the elegant Simpsons restaurant you’ll do more than enjoy a tranquil lunch. You’ll be swapping places with the chef and making the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Visit the 1843 original Fisherman’s kitchen, sup a pint of Farne Island Ale in a beer garden or indulge in Robson Green’s favourite ice cream.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

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Look through England's smallest window at the George Hotel

Look through England's smallest window at the George Hotel

Enjoy five cask ales and a menu of pub classics whilst soaking up the traditional Georgian décor of this former gatehouse in Hull.

Location: Hull, Yorkshire

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Shop like a local at marvellous Doncaster Market

Shop like a local at marvellous Doncaster Market

With over 400 stalls spanning everything from speciality cheeses to antique treasures, lively, award-winning Doncaster Market is a must-visit.

Location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Unwind with a typical Somerset tipple, an apple crumble and a long soak in the bath at this 17th century country inn.

Location: Holcombe near Bath, Somerset

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Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Have you ever wondered what goes into making the gin in your favourite G&T drink or cocktail?

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

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Dine at London's Most Romantic Restaurant, Clos Maggiore

Dine at London's Most Romantic Restaurant, Clos Maggiore

Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two at romantic restaurant Clos Maggiore, a slice of chic France in historic Covent Garden.

Location: Covent Garden, Greater London

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Indulge in great food and drink at The Broadfield

Indulge in great food and drink at The Broadfield

When a passion for food and drink combines with a great atmosphere to enjoy them in, you know it’s a place not to miss…

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Beer has been produced at Palmers Brewery for more than 200 years using ancient techniques.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

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Sample an afternoon tea with a difference at Hotel Gotham

Sample an afternoon tea with a difference at Hotel Gotham

The beautiful Hotel Gotham is situated in the heart of Manchester City Centre, housed in a grand Art Deco building, formerly a Midland Bank.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Get kippered in Craster

Get kippered in Craster

Craster is the acclaimed home of the kipper – a breakfast favourite of the Queen. But there’s more to Craster than fishy tales.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

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Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held in the historic town of Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Cheese-y does it now…

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

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