Must-visit British foodie destinations outside of London

Armed with a clean palate and a healthy appetite, head outside of the foodie capital and discover a plethora of gastronomic delights across the UK. Whether it’s dining on rustic pub fare in Yorkshire or treating yourself to Michelin-star dishes in Kent, these are the gourmet destinations you’ll want to make a meal of now.

Dining at The Club Hotel & Spa’s Bohemia restaurant in St Helier, Jersey. Image courtesy of The Club Hotel & Spa

Island treats and gourmet dining in Jersey

Locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal menus, fine wine, Michelin stars – need we go on? Savour a true taste of Jersey with a gourmet trip to the isle, whether it’s sampling famous Jersey Royals or enjoying fine dining at The Club Hotel & Spa’s five AA Rosette-awarded Bohemia. Visit in October and head to the Tennerfest food festival, where some of the best local restaurants serve up all-inclusive menus for a fixed price.

From pub grub to fine dining in Yorkshire

It’s not all about charming villages, national parks and coastal towns here; Yorkshire has garnered much attention for its stellar dining, from street food and rustic pub grub to Michelin-starred restaurants. For a slice of ‘real bread’, Bluebird Bakery in Malton hits the spot, while The Black Swan in Oldstead – voted the best restaurant in the world – is your go to for award-winning food with scenic views.

Padstow harbour, Cornwall. Image: iStock/tsafreer

Seafood delights and acclaimed chefs in Cornwall

The Cornish coast holds high status when it comes to culinary delights, with a number of high-profile chefs on its roster, including Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw to Paul Ainsworth. Dine on travel-inspired dishes at Padstow staple, The Seafood Restaurant, try legendary homemade Moomaid ice cream on the St Ives harbour and sip on award-winning Tarquin’s Cornish Gin from the Southwestern Distillery.

Country-to-city culinary thrills across Somerset

You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just cider and cheddar in the West Country (but it’s a good place to start). For a Michelin taste in a country pub setting, head for the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna and dine on daily-changing menus. Be sure to have a gourmet gander around Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, while Bruton brings a slice of sophistication to the country with its Hauser & Wirth outpost, Roth Bar & Grill.

Dining at L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria. Image courtesy of L’Enclume

World-class cuisine and spellbinding scenery in Cumbria

Combining world-class cuisine with stunning natural scenery, Cumbria has plotted itself right on the UK foodie map. Whether it’s Michelin-star dining or hearty pub fare, you can expect to savour fresh local produce – think famous Cumberland sausages, Kendal mint cake, salt marsh lamb and more. Must-visits are Michelin L’Enclume in Cartmel, Windermere’s award-winning Holbeck Ghyll and the rusticPentonbridge Inn in Penton.

Farm-fresh fine dining in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’

The ‘Garden of England’ is a food-lover’s dream, with the likes of Stephen Harris’ Michelin-star Sportsman and Whitstable’s famous quirky oyster parlour, Wheelers Oyster Bar, topping the must-dine lists. If it’s handmade pasta you’re after, Bottega Caruso deli and kitchen in Margate will have your tastebuds tantalised; Stark is the place for ‘good food, laid bare’, served against a small, rustic backdrop.

Edinburgh city from Calton Hill, Scotland. Image: iStock/alice-photo

High-flavour hangouts in Edinburgh and neighbouring towns

Follow the scenic Scotland trail and you’ll find some serious culinary kudos spanning intriguing international flavours. Thistle Street in Edinburgh is a hidden foodie enclave where you’ll get to taste fine Scottish fare at firm favourite Café St Honoré, as well as Mexican street food joint El Cartel. North Berwick and East Lothian are also firm contenders – be sure to visit Steampunk Coffee Roasters and the rustic Bonnie Badger pub with rooms.

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