Culinary Tours for a Taste of England

England has a great choice of culinary tours. You can go on an Ale Trail in the romantic Lake District, find fabulous fish restaurants on the Cornish coast, or travel to Somerset and see Cheddar cheese being made.

Explore the Countryside

If you love the countryside, why not take a road trip in Kent? It’s the Garden of England. You don’t have to go far off the beaten track to find apple orchards, oast houses and endless fields of strawberries.

You could spend a full day on the Hop Heritage Trail. The hops that’s grown in Kent has been used to flavour English beer for centuries.

If you travel to the Peak District in Derbyshire, you could combine a visit to the spa town of Buxton with a trip to Bakewell. That’s the only place where you can taste the original Bakewell Pudding. (Yes, that’s right. Pudding. They don’t call it Bakewell tart here.) It’s said to be a secret recipe. If you eat too much, just walk it off in the Peak District National Park.

Sample the Spas

England’s spa towns make a great base for a culinary tour. You can imagine you’re back in Jane Austen’s time and taste the waters at the Pump Room in Bath. Then buy some traditional English food in a specialist store, visit the stunning Roman Baths and end your day with a meal at a Michelin starred restaurant.

You can also sample spa waters in Tunbridge Wells and Cheltenham. And don’t forget historic Harrogate, in North Yorkshire. It’s full of bars and restaurants - and you can take away the taste of the sulphurous spa water (trust us, you’ll want to!) with a delicious Fat Rascal at Bettys Tea Room.

Try Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire is famed for its food and drink. And with its ancient abbeys, stunning countryside, and great hotels and restaurants, it’s the ideal place for a culinary tour. Travel around this lovely county and you’ll be able to try lots of typical English food. There are small breweries, traditional pubs (roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for Sunday lunch?), quaint tea rooms and specialist cheese producers. You can even visit the Rhubarb Triangle.

Gourmet London

If you’re in London, then combine a culinary tour with trips to world famous museums and galleries. There are gourmet restaurants run by celebrity chefs, fish and chip shops, ethnic eateries – even eco-friendly restaurants. You can have traditional afternoon tea at a top hotel, or go to Harrods food hall - a must on culinary tours of London - to buy treats for a picnic in the park.

England also has some surprises for the culinary traveller. You can visit award-winning wineries in Sussex, or go on the curry trail in Birmingham – home of the balti. You can even see tea growing at a tea plantation in Cornwall. We’ll help you find England’s culinary secrets at


A Gastro Tour of Herefordshire.

Hereford City Food Trail


Afternoon Tea in London