Foodie Escapes

05 August 2020

Travel opens the door to a whole world of flavours that would have otherwise remained unknown to us. Everyone has memories of food that tie into their favourite holidays, whether it’s a fine dining experience in a luxurious manor house or a humble home-cooked dish in a quaint seaside town, we can all agree that travel and food go hand in hand.

The Pig, Hampshire

This super stylish sty has brought a new approach to the classic country-house hotel getaway, offering a laidback atmosphere and effortless grandeur.

Dining at The Pig is an eco-friendly affair thanks to the hotel’s very own garden in which much of the restaurant’s raw ingredients are sourced by the hotel’s full-time forager. In fact, 95% of the menu is sourced from within a 25 miles radius, resulting in a seasonally changing menu which reflects the food that is at its peak at the time. This close connection with nature is carried through to the restaurant’s décor which has a conservatory feel, wooden chairs and potted plants on each table. Outside, you’ll find a wood-fired oven cooking delicious pizzas and flatbreads over the weekend.

For a quirky stay, the stable yard rooms still feature original fittings from their days as farm usage, and some are split-level with their own courtyard. 

Good to know: Guests can privately book The Green Room for a personal meal with family and friends in a warm country house setting. 


The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland

This stunning country estate is synonymous with the sport of golf and the perfect place for a couples’ retreat as you live out your Ryder Cup fantasy. Whether you choose to stay in the lavish bedrooms or the grand suite which perfectly encapsulate the property’s Scottish heritage, you can expect to indulge in an elegant atmosphere.

Dining at Gleneagles runs the gamut from refined fine dining experiences in the two Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie, to more relaxed services at The Garden Café where homemade moss cake and Scottish mixed berry tarts are ready to welcome you back from a round on the three championship courses.

Good to know: The hotel is limiting capacity across its restaurants to allow for greater spacing so booking ahead is essential.


Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Voted the "Best Hotel in the British Isles”, Chewton Glen is the ultimate choice to touch up on your cooking skills. Spoil yourself with an indulgent trip and enjoy learning about food and cooking in a relaxing environment. Savour pleasant strolls through the gardens into the cookery school as you spend your day at your exclusive workstation, seated around the Chef Tutor’s station, where you will learn new cookery skills, before creating your own masterpiece. For those looking to extend their stay, choose from a range of activities on offer at the hotel including a nine-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, jogging tracks and a gym.

Good to know: Room service is available at no extra cost, making the culinary experience more flexible to suit you.


Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford

Nestled away in the scenic Oxfordshire countryside, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons combines English heritage with an unmistakable French flair. Headed up by legendary chef Raymond Blanc, this 15th-century property is centred around its two Michelin-starred restaurant where regionally-sourced organic produce is masterfully transformed into sumptuous haute cuisine. Featuring five, six and seven-course set menus, pre-determined by the great chef himself, the restaurant invites you onto a culinary journey where you can expect to sample Devonshire crab, Exmoor caviar, bitter chocolate sorbet and raspberry and beetroot chocolate crumble along the way.

Good to know: Floorplans in the hotel's restaurant have been reviewed and full use is being made of the stunning outdoor dining options as well as staggering dining times to maintain social distancing guidelines.

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