UK Foodie holidays are trending. Food holidays in May, June, or December — whatever time of year. The best food destinations are a food connoisseur’s delight.
Foodie Holidays in Devon
Devon is a great destination for foodie holidays. Home to so many of the best food destinations to be found here in the UK, an extended foodie getaway or holiday is the best way to sample what the county has to offer.
If we’re talking foodie holidays Michelin Star style, you have to try The Mason’s Arms. It is a beautiful, thatched-roof pub owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Mark and Sarah Dodson. Built in the 13th century and exuding charm, you can enjoy an aperitif in the gorgeous oak-beamed bar and lounge before entering the dining room with its exquisite Grecian muralled ceiling to appreciate connoisseur food — well worthy of the restaurant’s Michelin Star.
Another Michelin Star restaurant in Devon is Lympstone Manor, owned and run by celebrity chef Michael Caine. The 8-course signature tasting menu is connoisseur food at its best, and if you’re a fish lover, Caine’s “Estuary” menu is a must.
If you choose one of Belvilla’s charming cottages or luxury holiday homes in Tiverton, you simply have to eat at the Cornish Arms. It’s a gastro pub located on West Street, Tavistock, with a Michelin Bib award.
Foodie holidays in Wales
Wales is not only renowned for its stunning mountain scenery and superb stream railways, but it’s also a brilliant place for foodie holidays. There are no fewer than seven Michelin-star restaurants in Wales, and in addition. It also boasts more than 20 fine dining restaurants and gastro pubs with AA Rosettes.
If it’s Michelin-star quality you’re in search of, look no further than Ynyshir, in Powys. With two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, this restaurant is food connoisseur heaven. Locally bought and foraged Welsh ingredients are served with an Asian twist. The Welsh Wagyu beef is to die for, and the “Not French Onion Soup” — a delightful marriage of miso, fermented fruit, seaweed, and shiso-pickled vegetables will stun your palette — in a good way.
Other Michelin-star eateries include Beach House in Oxwich, Sosban & The Old Butchers in Menai Bridge, The Whitebrook in Whitebrook, and the Walnut Tree in Llanddewi Skirrid.
New additions to the Michelin list in Wales include SY23 in Aberystwyth and Home in Penarth.
As well as the full-blown Michelin star eateries for foodie holidays in Wales, there are some well-kept secrets too, which won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Take the Stubborn Duckling in Aberaeron, for instance — just a stone’s throw from Llanon. Their honey-glazed pork belly and pan-roasted hake with samphire and mussels are ideal for the wannabee connoisseur food generation.
You’ll want somewhere comfortable to stay on your foodie holidays, and you’ll find a great range of choices on the Belvilla website.
Foodie Holidays in Romney Marsh
Not only is Romney Marsh famous for its scenery and local wildlife, but it’s also one of the best food destinations in the southeast. Take the restaurant Rocksalt in Folkestone, for example. Find the best local quality produce from the Romney March environment and savour wonderfully fresh fish dishes using the catch landed daily in the harbour. Also, the panoramic sea view from the bar and dining room out over the English Channel is fantastic. It’s a must on anyone’s food holidays agendas.
Another “must” for food holidays in the Romney Marsh region is the Swan at Tenterden, situated in the renowned Chapel Down Vineyard. Open from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and on Thursday to Saturday in the early evening, as well as enjoying first-class fine dining, you can also book a winter wine experience. You get to tour the vineyard, sample six of the vineyard’s award-winning still and sparkling wines, and round it off with a sumptuous three-course lunch.
The Hide and Fox on The Green in Saltwood is a Michelin star, three AA Rosette restaurant operated by chef Allister Barsby and manager Alice Bussi. For foodie holidays at any time of year, this will appeal to any connoisseur food generation. With wonderful five-course, eight-course and superb vegetarian tasting menus, it’s British-based, connoisseur food at the very highest level.
To position yourself in the best place for foodie holidays in the Romney Marsh area, there are some amazing Belvilla holiday homes to rent.