Top 10 Foodie Breaks UK
In recent years, a new breed of holiday tailored specifically for epicures emerged. Intended to disconcert all you disparaging diners, I have put together the one-stop Top 10 Foodie Breaks UK. So come and find fault if you think you’re harsh enough!
Here you will find cool spaces and vibrant quirks flirting with original Georgian features, a curious combination that oddly works.
Package: The Escape Lux package from £500 per room, Fridays and Saturdays
What’s included: Two nights’ accommodation, three-course fine dining dinner for two on one night, two-course supper for two on the other night, chilled organic Prosecco in your room on arrival, pre-dinner cocktails for two each night, and full breakfast each morning.
Head Chef: Andy Beaumont takes an innovative approach to British fine dining and will be appearing on the Great British Menu 2014, so keep your eyes peeled for this talented chef.
A chic boutique retreat in an idyllic country setting, with a 2 AA Rosette restaurant.
Package: The Ultimate Skye Escape from £600 per person
What’s included: Three nights’ accommodation, breakfast each morning, dinner each night, champagne on ice in your room on arrival, a day’s sailing trip on a luxury yacht around the Isle of Skye.
Head Chef: David Allen works his culinary magic with fine produce locally sourced on Skye and the Highlands.
An elegant, climber-strewn country house with two award-winning restaurants and an interactive wine tasting machine.
Package: Best of Both from £520 per room
What’s included: Two nights’ stay, three-course dinner in The Camellia, full English breakfast in The Camellia, eight-course tasting menu in The Pass.
Head Chef at The Camellia: Steven Edwards, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 never fails to impress with his unique and contemporary style of cooking, rustling up extraordinary signature dishes.
Head Chef at The Pass: Matt Gillan certainly knows how to put the drama into the kitchen as he stirs up a storm with seasonal ingredients right before your eyes.
Teetering on the brink of the gorgeous Norfolk Coast, this 3 AA Rosette restaurant is in a stunning location.
Package: Midweek 2 Night Stay from £255 per room per night
What’s included: Two night stay in the Manor Room with a garden view, dinner for two, breakfast for two on both mornings.
Head Chef: Eric Snaith was Chef of the Year 2012, and Chef of the Year 2013 finalist. He’s inspired by European cuisine, mixing cutting-edge techniques with creative flair to create exceptional gastronomy.
You couldn’t dream of a more beautiful, rural backdrop for foodie breaks UK. Voted as one of the ‘Top Best Foodie Hotels in South West England 2013’ by readers of Food magazine.
Package: Two Nights for the Price of One – prices vary depending on room. Sunday - Thursday
What’s included: One night dinner, bed and breakfast, with second night bed and breakfast complimentary.
Head Chef: Hadleigh Barrett gained much of his experience at Pennyhill Park and L’Ortolan before sharing his distinctive culinary alchemy with everyone fortunate enough to dine at Combe House.
Sublime waterside views complement this magical Scottish castle hotel.
Package: Romantic Rendezvous £210 per person
What’s included: Overnight stay, nine-course dinner in Sandemans restaurant, Scottish breakfast, champagne, chocolates and flowers.
Head Chef: Graham Harrower is from Scottish roots and his passion for the country’s fine food shines through in his exciting menu.
Enveloped by nature and playing host to one of the country’s greatest food events – Obsession - this Michelin-starred foodie hotel makes me proud to be a lassie from Lancashire.
Package: Gourmet Break from £320 per couple
What’s included: Overnight accommodation, half bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne and canapés, five-course seasonal tasting dishes, breakfast, and a personally signed menu to take home.
Head Chef: Lisa Allen has a string of accolades behind her, such as ‘Best Chef of the Year’, and she was selected to cook for Prince Charles on the Great British Menu. She continues to amaze foodies with her highly skilled and innovative cooking using local ingredients.
Traditional and elegant, this historic, Palladian mansion epitomises English country living, with a Michelin-starred restaurant to its name.
Package: One Night Midweek Gourmet Treat from £475 per room
What's included: Overnight accommodation, three-course à la carte dinner in The Park, full English breakfast, and full use of the spa facilities.
Executive Head Chef: Hywel Jones boasts ‘Chef of the Year’ award in 2007 and, competing in the Great British Menu 2011, he has mastered the art of fine dining. He fuses old and new ideas with seasonal ingredients, and adds an unexpected twist for good measure.
Phenomenal views over Lake Windermere combined with Michelin star food make for an exceptional dining experience.
Package: Diner’s Delight from £330 per room
What’s included: Overnight accommodation, afternoon tea, cocktail, canapés, four-course dinner with cheese and port, coffee and petit fours accompanied by a cognac.
Head Chef: David McLaughlin uses the finest ingredients sourced from the local countryside and producers, with some inventive ideas and culinary skills thrown in here and there to conjure up some heavenly food.
As well as radiating a quintessential English country charm, this hotel has a Michelin star restaurant, which has also been voted as one of the Best 100 restaurants in the UK. It's no shocker then that it's made it on to my Top Ten Foodie Breaks UK.
Package: Fine Dining Break from £121.50 per person
What’s included: Luxury overnight accommodation, New Forest breakfast, three-course dinner at The Terrace.
Head Chef: Matthew Tomkinson produces contemporary and refined dishes that are infused with great flavours, textures and aromas, but most of all – passion.
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