What are the best food experiences in England?

Food is a huge passion for so many of us living the countryside, whether we are growing it, foraging for it or eating it in one of the many fabulous Michelin starred restaurants.

There is a common misconception that the best fine dining resides primarily in the cities…most definitely not the case! You will certainly be presented with a wonderful choice in cities north and south, but some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs have proudly taken up residence in the small towns of Marlow and Padstow through to the beautiful villages of Bray and Great Milton.

The kitchens of the finest country house hotels across the country are nurturing some of the best chef talent, making them destinations for food lovers from across the world.

June is one of the best months for celebrating fabulous English food at the plethora of food festivals throughout the month. The treats include:
  • Christchurch Cheese and Chilli festival 8th
  • The 2-week Food Fest in Henley on Thames 15 – 29th
  • Lots of celebrity chefs at the Stonor Park Food Festival 15 – 16th
  • The Cheltenham Food Festival 14 – 16th
  • A real family affair at the Englefield Food festival 29 – 30th
 
The fun continues through the summer:
  • Dorset Seafood Festival 13 – 14 July
  • The Big Feastival, featuring Raymond Blanc, 24 – 26 August
  • Sussex Gin Fest 13 July
 
The Chilterns and Cotswolds are proud to host superb restaurants, serving food created by gastronomic genius including the Roux family, Tom Kerridge, Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc.

Whether you prefer the beautiful riverside dining offered at The Waterside Inn or the 2 Michelin starred offering at the traditional inn style of The Hand and Flowers, you have an extraordinary choice of incredible food.

Many of our guests like to be there at the source and relish the opportunity to forage for the ingredients of their chosen menu. They are welcomed into the grounds of one of the beautiful stately homes or private estates and, guided by one of our expert foragers, they find such delights as wild garlic and even truffles!

Their hosts will then welcome them into the manor house or lodge in the grounds and they can start to enjoy the fruits of their labours. They then either roll up their sleeves and work with the chef to prepare a delicious lunch or dinner, or they delight in watching their foraged offering being turned into a gourmet feast.