The culinary conversation in England is largely London-centric so it is always
refreshing to read about what else this country has to offer. It's even more
refreshing to pair it with an overnight stay in the beautiful British countryside
but where and what should be on your radar?
North Yorkshire - The Black Swan in Oldstead
We start in God’s own country and more specifically in North Yorkshire with a venue that does it all. The Black Swan at Oldstead offers up country pub charm, Michelin-starred cuisine and the surrounding beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors.This destination is a low-effort but high-reward choice. All room reservations include the tasting menu for two and a spot of breakfast to wash it all down it with. Making it stress-free with a guarantee of outstanding food and location. Local lad Tommy Banks is the chef at the helm of this operation, the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star in the UK and winner of Great British Menu on three separate occasions. A proud Yorkshireman, Tommy and his family’s farming background has had a hugely positive influence on the seasonal field-to-fork approach at The Black
It is hard to go wrong when exploring the Yorkshire countryside but if you are looking for things to do on your weekend away then you have both the White Horse in Kilburn and Byland Abbey, just a stone’s throw away for some countryside
Lake District – Simon Rogan’s Cumbrian Empire
On to an equally beautiful location that offers up a string of first-class restaurants from the culinary giant that is Simon Rogan. Nestled on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park, you’ll find his most famous creation, L’Enlcume. A 3 Michelin-Starred offering, on the site of a 13th-century blacksmith workshop. With this comes 16 suites that can be found nearby, scattered throughout the village of Cartmel.
For those that prefer a slightly less extravagant dining experience, you will also find Rogan & Co. in the heart of medieval, Cartmel village. A 1 Michelin Starred venue with a focus on comforting dishes and seasonal ingredients that come from the Rogan farm, the same ingredients that grace the tables of L’Enclume.
Jump mid-way up Lake Windermere and you have the informal yet elegant Henrock,
situated within the blissful luxury of country house hotel, Linthwaite House. Here you will be blown away by views of Windermere and emotive scenery as far as the eye can see. From Linthwaite House you can explore this impressive scenery by following a bespoke guided walk from local landscape photographer Steve Watts. Alternatively, explore from the water in one of the Linthwaite rowing boats.
Somerset - Osip, The Old Pharmacy and The Bradley Hare
A Somerset sojourn offers plenty of culinary action and the Bradley Hare in Maiden Bradley is a great place to start, a great place to stay and a great base to explore from. With immaculately designed rooms by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director for Soho House and an exceptional menu of elevated pub classics, it might even be a tough ask to leave the comfort of The Bradley Hare.
However, should you manage to break free from its charms then Bruton should be your next stop. The Old Pharmacy, a wine bar and bistro with a daily changing menu,
opens up just for dinner and Sunday lunch. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy local produce in a chic setting, paired with fabulous wines.
The nearby Newt is a stunning alternative hotel destination should the Bradley Hare
not have room, complete with botanical gardens, a Roman Villa Experience, Cyder
tasting tours and two excellent restaurants to top it all off.
Suffolk - Wilderness Retreat, Unruly Pig and The Anchor
If a laidback retreat near the coast is what you are looking for then Suffolk’s
Wilderness Reserve is the spot for you. Set across 8,000 acres of woodland estate, each property has its own distinct personality and offers a secluded sanctuary for a long weekend or longer.
Fire feasts, private chefs and Wilderness food deliveries are all available to be
enjoyed during your stay but we would advise coupling your stay with a few bookings
The Unruly Pig is, without doubt, one of the country's best gastropubs; in fact it has amassed multiple awards over the years including exactly that; the best gastropub in the UK 2022, falling to runner-up in this year’s awards. Still not bad going.
Head up the coast for some more superb pub grub at The Anchor in Walberswick. A
seafood-centric menu that can be enjoyed in the sunshine of their spacious garden,
followed by a stroll Walberswick beach.
If you really want your fill of fish and chips, then Southwold is showcasing some
fresh catches down by the harbour at either Sole Bay Fish Company or Adnams
owned, Harbour Inn.
Hampshire - Heckfield Place
Heckfield Place in Hampshire is an elegant retreat and countryside haven that will
leave you feeling recharged and rested.
With two entirely different restaurants, your every culinary need is catered for. Marle is a green Michelin Starred restaurant that looks to connect its dishes to the local and surrounding landscape. Think incredible quality ingredients cooked with an
emphasis on simplicity. Hearth on the other hand focuses on open-fire classic
cooking methods under the direction of Skye Gyngell (Petersham Nurseries Café
and Spring at Somerset House).
The hotel has a never-ending list of events, activities and wellness treatments to enjoy during your stay. So you can certainly make the most of the 438 acre grounds.
It’s relatively difficult to go wrong when looking to travel for good food in this country. Almost every village has a no so well-kept secret bistro or bouchon that delivers home-cooked food in keeping with the region's classics and around every corner, there is a fine-dining establishment with perfectly pruned dishes. Combining this with a cozy and luxurious setting that offers a chance to explore the British countryside is not a difficult trick either. The difficulty however comes with choosing from the feast of options available to us. These five locations are a good place to start at least.
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