Alongside beautiful scenery, warm welcomes and a wonderful variety of characterful holiday homes, the UK can add a fantastic selection of regional delicacies to its achievements as a holiday hotspot. Britain is a culinary hotspot filled with inventive dishes, the freshest ingredients and incredible dining experiences.
You can find fantastic dishes all over the country, from beachside cafes to rural pubs, but if you want something really special then we would recommend packing your bags, booking a table and taking your appetites to the following locations in the UK for the ultimate foodie break in 2020.
The Red Rose County cause quite a stir in 2019 as the Moor Hall in Aughton near Ormskirk – already a recipient of two Michelin stars within the same number of years – was crowned restaurant of the year, beating a host of London’s premier eateries in the process.
Receiving Top 5 status in The Good Food Guide and glowing reviews, it’s THE place to eat in 2020. But if you can’t get a booking, fear not, there are plenty of amazing restaurants to enjoy on a break in Lancashire. Visit the Ribble Valley for incredible scenery to complement your food. One of the country’s hidden holiday gems, it’s the perfect place to find foodie heaven, where you can eat in complete tranquillity.
Scotland’s ‘Year of Coast and Waters’ provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the country’s famed seafood. Visit Argyll on Scotland’s west coast and you’ll be well-placed to enjoy the Seafood Trail. The trail comprises eight eateries from Skye to Kintyre, including the famed Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. The food is gorgeous and the scenery is stunning – what more could you want?
Take a look at our coastal cottages in Scotland to find your perfect retreat and start planning your great culinary escape today.
Cottages in Sussex do not just offer a scenic seaside getaway, the region is also the perfect place for foodies with all kinds of amazing eateries to enjoy. Brighton is the go-to destination for innovative vegan cuisine. Purezza is the UK’s first vegan pizzeria with 15 different types of wood-fired pizzas. You can also enjoy an exclusively plant-based gastropubs, vegan sushi and a selection of incredible Indian restaurants in and around the town.
It almost goes without saying that Sussex boasts some of the UK’s finest seafood eateries too. Along with scenic fish and chip shops, you can enjoy crab shacks, beach cafes and high-end eateries galore.
The Lake District
No stranger to UK holiday hotlists, breaks in the Lakes offer incredible eateries and breath-taking views. A permanent fixture for food-lovers, there are some seriously good pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Plus there are all kinds of walks to enjoy afterwards. Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume needs little introduction. A two Michelin starred, five AA Rosette recipient, this amazing eatery is why so many foodies favour a break in the Lakes.
Lake Road Kitchen is an award-winning restaurant in Ambleside showcasing wild Cumbrian produce – and another well-deserved award winner. You can also visit the Lakes Distillery to find the only single malt whisky made in the region
The capital city of Wales is filled with culinary surprises. On a Cardiff holiday you can enjoy modern British cuisine and a wonderful array of gins in a former bank vault at The Potted Pig, soak in the hallowed surroundings, vibrant ambience and extensive cocktail menu at The Chapel 1877 and even dine in the grounds of Cardiff Prison at the innovative The Clink Restaurant, a charity initiative where meals are prepared by inmates.
Visit Zero Degrees microbrewery and restaurant, opposite the Principality Stadium, to enjoy a brilliant selection of beers, including fruit beer, porter, stout, red ale, blonde and more. In keeping with Cardiff’s approach to cuisine, you might want to be a little more adventurous. Mango beer, anyone?
It may be home to three Michelin-starred restaurants, but a foodie break in Bristol doesn’t have to stretch your wallet and your waistline. There are eateries for every budget and every palate, from Korean street-food to subterranean steakhouses. The city centre offers street food and all kinds of new culinary concepts – including the UK’s first 100 per cent vegan restaurant – while the leafy outskirts boast country pubs serving a host of British classics.
Bristol also boasts an enviable café culture, and there are few better places to enjoy the ultimate cup of coffee. Artisan bakeries, ornate teashops and innovative coffee-drinking experiences await, so you can enjoy refreshments on a swing seat and drink coffee-based cocktails into the early hours.