Foodie breaks in spring

Places to eat in spring

From tender lamb to salty samphire, buttery new potatoes to tangy rhubarb, Nature’s larder is abundant during spring. And with England’s best restaurants and breweries scattered all over the country, you don’t have to search far and wide for good food. Sample locally prized dishes, like Derbyshire’s famous Bakewell pudding, or watch fresh, seasonal produce get given the gourmet treatment. Fancy donning a chef’s hat for a day? Hone your skills on a professionally led cookery course or, if you’re feeling brave, whip up a tasty lunch in a Michelin-starred restaurant for a MasterChef experience but without the stress.

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Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Discover the taste of Southsea Brewing Co., brewed in Southsea Castle's micro-brewery.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Pick up your knife and fork in Sheffield’s Kelham Island

Pick up your knife and fork in Sheffield’s Kelham Island

Take a new twist on ‘Made in Sheffield’ and you’ll see why cutlery still has such an important place in Sheffield’s heart.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink caters to over 20,000 people, allowing them to eat, drink and celebrate the South West’s best.

Location: Exeter, 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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Take a tasty farm food trail through the Tyne Valley

Take a tasty farm food trail through the Tyne Valley

Thanks to southwest Northumberland’s rich agricultural history, the Tyne Valley has an abundance of farm produce waiting to be sampled and enjoyed.

Location: Tyne Valley, Northumberland

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Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Boost your culinary skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm, in Holmfirth. Great accommodation, great views, great food.

Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire

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Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

It’s a case of food, glorious food at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival but don’t miss out on the chance to learn about local produce too.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

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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Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Indulge in the best foods this side of the Cumbrian border with a stay at Hipping Hall, a restaurant-with-rooms that’s passionate about local produce.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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Enjoy Yorkshire’s best seasonal foods – from forest floor to plate

Enjoy Yorkshire’s best seasonal foods – from forest floor to plate

The Michelin-starred food at Harome’s Star Inn is not the only reason to make a foodie trip to the pretty North York Moors’ village.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Sample awarding winning nosh on the Kent coast

Sample awarding winning nosh on the Kent coast

Food glorious food. Stop that tummy rumbling with hunger with a visit to the culinary coast, filled with places to eat and drink.

Location: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

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Enjoy a fantastic Lancashire taste experience

Enjoy a fantastic Lancashire taste experience

The award-winning Cartford Inn is an ideal place to pause and sample some of the best food found in Lancashire’s countryside.

Location: Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire

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Raise a glass of English sparkling wine to the South Downs

Raise a glass of English sparkling wine to the South Downs

Bathed in the sunshine and shelter of the South Downs in Sussex, enjoy some fine English wines direct from grape to glass.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Indulge in the newest fine dining at Forest Side

Indulge in the newest fine dining at Forest Side

Sample a delicious menu of quality produce from former sous chef and head forager at the UK’s leading restaurant, L’Enclume.

Location: Grasmere, Cumbria

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Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Visit the oldest working gin distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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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

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Treat yourself to a retail therapy break in Salisbury

Treat yourself to a retail therapy break in Salisbury

Enjoy a city break in Salisbury and shop in the city’s historic Market Place, with regular weekly markets, farmers markets and themed markets.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Visit Bath’s best bars on a cocktail trail

Visit Bath’s best bars on a cocktail trail

If your favourite tipple is a cocktail, you won’t want to miss sampling the best in these stylish bars.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Tour the Distillery and see how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made first hand in the oldest working distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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