Sarah Dawson shares the ultimate UK getaways for cooking, foraging and feasting, dream getaways for the foodie or food-lover
Looking for gifts for foodie friends? Or maybe you’re a food lover yourself and fancy treating yourself to a break filled to the rafters with delicious meals, gorgeous views and the chance to cook with experts.
Whoever you’re shopping for, these places would be a dream for anyone who values a delicious meal, glass of wine and a side of picturesque views.
If you’ve ever watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage and thought it looked like foodie paradise, you’d be right!
Stay in the charming 17th century Devonshire farmhouse on a B&B basis. Then, book yourself into one of the popular summer lunches or ‘feasts’, where local and seasonal produce is transformed into one of the best meals of your life!
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, combine your stay with one of River Cottage HQ’s courses which cover all sorts of delights including pie making and Italian cuisine.
B&B from £130. Courses from £245.
Rathfinny Wine Estate
Nestled on the verdant slopes of the South Downs, this Sussex-based vineyard has been producing world-class sparkling wine for over 10 years.
Why not spend a few nights in one of the lovingly restored flint barns on-site and wake up surrounded by the picturesque countryside?
Join one of the vineyard tours and tastings and then enjoy a spot of al fresco dining with a vineyard picnic. Complete with a hamper of delicious food, and more sparkling wine, it’s a foodies dream!
B&B from £100 per night. Tours and tasting from £25pp. Vineyard picnic from £25.
Tudor Farmhouse Hotel
This boutique hotel tucked away in a tranquil spot between the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, is a beautiful rural retreat that’s just the place for recharging those batteries.
Head out on one of the guided foraging trips in the Forest of Dean. Here you’ll look for edible mushrooms, wild garlic, wild strawberries, edible flowers and more.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, unwind in the restaurant and tuck into an inventive menu from the kitchen garden and local suppliers.
Rooms from £130. Foraging and lunch from £80pp.
Loch an Eilein Cottage
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this luxurious cottage takes some beating.
Sat on the shore of Loch an Eilein, with views across the magnificent Scottish Highlands, the location is second to none. There’s plenty on offer to keep foodies happy, from the welcome food hamper to Champagne picnics. You even have the option of having a private chef for your stay.
It’s a good job there’s so much spectacular countryside on the doorstep, all this eating might take some walking off!
From £1,750 a week in low season. Champagne picnic from £125 for two.
When it comes to life skills, we think making your own bread has to be up there as one of the most satisfying of all.
Cawthorne House is a welcoming B&B sat on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Here you can learn how to make your own sourdough bread under the expert guidance of host Pascal.
Once you’ve earned your Star Baker badge, explore the very best that North Yorkshire has to offer – whether that’s heading out for a hike in the National Park or pottering around nearby Malton, a foodie hotspot.
£270 for two nights and sourdough school.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Make a foodie pilgrimage to one of the UK’s most iconic culinary destinations, with an indulgent trip to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
This idyllic 15th-century manor tucked away in the Oxford countryside, is home to Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, with a menu of unforgettable dishes.
For the chance to master your chef skills in a fun and informal setting you can book one of the courses at the cookery school.
£695 for two people sharing a suite on a B&B basis. Half-day courses from £185.
If a lazy weekend spent exploring the wild Cornish coast and eating your body weight in the best local produce sounds like your idea of heaven, book a stay at Penzance’s Chapel House.
This chic Georgian townhouse is the epitome of cool, with contemporary decor and huge baths that seriously up the luxe factor. Complete with knock-out sea views – and, of course, incredible food.
Whether it’s the delectable breakfast, chilled-out brunch or the Kitchen Supper Clubs, there’s plenty to treat your taste buds.
B&B from £160.
Llys Meddyg Hotel
This special hotel has so much to offer, whether you’re looking for a chilled, romantic break, a family holiday or a weekend hiking along the Pembrokeshire coast with your dog (well behaved pets are welcome – hooray!).
Llys Meddyg Hotel in Newport is a gem of a place, and food is at the heart of it all.
The restaurant is passionate about celebrating local produce – they even have their own smoke shed.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s the opportunity to go on a seashore and hedgerow foraging course, picking up ingredients for your lunch.
B&B from £100. Foraging day course £75pp.