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With its world-famous chefs, Michelin-starred gastro pubs, plentiful food festivals and delectable markets, England has become a leading culinary destination. Tuck into a traditional English breakfast, seek out local cheese and cider in country villages, and head to the coast for fresh fish and chips.
Best of Scotland Holidays have put together below a sample of what we suggest you visit on our English Food and Drink Tour. Let us custom build a package to suit your needs and budget.
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Chocolate in York
The birthplace of iconic confectioners Rowntree’s and Terry’s of York has relished a close relationship with sweet treats for years. Find York’s newest chocolate-themed attraction, CHOCOLATE – York’s Sweet Story, filled with cocoa history, local chocolate-making secrets and delicious sweet samples to try along the way.
Padstow Seafood School, Cornwall
Create fine fish dishes and pick up impressive new culinary skills at acclaimed TV chef Rick Stein’s cookery school on Padstow waterfront. Courses range from one to six days, and cover a range of culinary styles – including French Fish Cookery, Classic Seafood Dishes, and Japanese Sashimi and Sushi. After learning how to prepare a plate of top-notch seafood, take a seat and relish the result.
Cream tea, Devon
Reward rambles in the West Country greenery with a delightfully indulgent Devonshire cream tea. This decadent dish of golden scones smothered with thick clotted cream and strawberry jam can be found dorning tables across the country, but Devon’s beachside cafés and quaint village teashops certainly offer an inimitably English backdrop.
Dive headfi rst into this passionate and eccentric food festival that loudly celebrates the northeast’s plentiful food producers and eateries. EAT! NewcastleGateshead is a fun food and drink extravaganza that runs for two weeks every June. Past events have featured lively cooking competitions, a quest for the best bacon butty and miniature models of iconic regional buildings made from cake and colourful icing.
Borough Market, London
Taste artisan cheese and freshly baked bread, and browse piled-high fruit stalls, a rainbow of fresh fish and pots of international cuisine at this fashionable food market in southeast London. Markets have traded here for centuries, and today Borough Market is a supremely popular flurry of activity.
Protected Geographical Status foods
From the hearty Cumberland sausage to fresh Whitstable Oysters, England’s regional foods are a delectable adventure. With many of these local treasures, the place name can only be used if the food item is made in the traditional manner and produced within the area. Top treats include crumbly Melton Mowbray pork pies, flavoursome
Gloucestershire cider, Cornish pasties and Stilton cheese.
Afternoon tea, London
Partake in an afternoon of dainty tea cakes, tiny sandwiches and pretty bone china in the English capital. This elegant ritual – once a pastime of the upper classes – is available in all manner of fine hotels, trendy cafés and swish restaurants. Add a glass of Champagne to the experience at iconic London hotels such as The Ritz and The Dorchester.
The Chapel Down Winery, Kent
Find this acclaimed English wine producer’s beautiful vineyards and delightful herb garden amid the rolling Kent countryside. Take a guided tour around the award-winning winery and explore the history of English wines and wine making, get an inside view of Chapel Down’s wine-producing process, and finish with a tasting session of some of the vineyard’s favourite tipples.
From remote country inns to historic village taverns, the traditional English pub has fallen in love with fantastic food. Top foodie pubs include the Michelin-starred Black Swan in the Yorkshire village of Oldstead, with its rich wood furnishings and Persian rugs. The Hand & Flowers in Marlow is the country’s only pub with two Michelin stars, serving French and British flavours with many innovative twists.
Cadbury World, Birmingham
Indulge in a trip to Cadbury World for chocolate-fi lled family fun. Themed zones relay chocolate’s rich history, from the Mexican cocoa trees loved by the Mayan Indians to the bean’s journey across the seas. Discover the history of Cadbury, take a ride in a Beanmobile and see chocolate rain falling from the sky at the interactive Purple Planet area.
Remember, we will custom build this tour to suit your needs and budget.
Included in this package:
All hotels will be 3 star or above.
Best of Scotland Holidays offer a variety of tours including Tours of Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, Whisky Trails, Honeymoon Packages, Castle and Garden Tours, Island Hoping, Walking Holidays and much more - something to suit everyone!
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