Foodie destinations in England
1) Coombeshead Farm
The handful of tables at Coombeshead book up quickly, sometimes months in advance (bookings open for Sunday lunch here six months ahead of time). The majority of what you find on the menu comes from the working farm, 66 acres of isolated Cornish countryside. They keep pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and ducks, as well as growing (and preserving) vegetables and fruit, while the on-site bakery provides the restaurant with incredible loaves baked from heritage grains. Each meal is a set menu, shifting with the seasons and what the farm offers up. Fallen totally in love with the place? There’s also a guesthouse if you want to immerse yourself in Coombeshead life, though you’ll want to book that pretty far in advance too.
Cartmel is not exactly the kind of place you expect to stumble across a restaurant boasting three Michelin stars. But the tiny village which straddles the River Eea on the edge of the Lake District is home to L’Enclume, a gold-standard dining destination where food is sustainable (they have a green Michelin star too), experimental and borderline transcendental. Little Cartmel is also known for its take on the classic English dessert, the sticky toffee pudding. Pick one up from the Village Shop, if you have any room left after your feast at L’Enclume (unlikely.)
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You’ll find Pine in an old cow barn in rural Northumberland, where, amazingly, tables overlook sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Ingredients are grown on site, foraged from the surrounding, plentiful countryside or sourced as locally as possible. Guests settle down for around three hours of feasting in the evenings, when Pine serves an extensive tasting menu full of intriguing flavour combinations, like lobster, fermented strawberry and pine.
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