British Food Fortnight is the perfect time to getaway for a culinary break and the UK is superior when it comes to culinary stays; here’s where to book now
Words Helen Brown
British Food Fortnight; here’s where to book for a culinary break
Held in the autumn over the harvest festival, British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink. Established in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, British Food Fortnight has become the ultimate opportunity for those who work in any aspect of food and drink, to come together and promote the benefits of buying and eating from our home produced British larder. This year the event takes place from the 23 September – 8 October. Looking to celebrate? Why not book into one of the below; they are the UK’s best gastronomic stays and perfect for a quick foodie escape.
BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS, OXFORD
Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons makes for a sensational gastronomic trip for those looking to go just outside of London. Described as “a twist of imaginative genius”, Raymond’s dishes utilise the freshest, best quality ingredients. The two-acre kitchen garden produces 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herb and the hotel’s wine cellar is home to around 600 different wines from around the world. Take your seat at one of the best restaurants in Oxford, and anticipate a culinary experience that you will treasure forever.
PENTONBRIDGE INN, CUMBRIA
This venture from ex-Marcus Wareing chefs Jake and Cassie White is perfect for an autumn getaway. The husband and wife duo are heading up the kitchen of The Pentonbridge Inn, a pub with rooms offering a five course tasting menu, with canapés, priced at £60. On Sundays, diners can enjoy a special four course set menu, priced at £28 per person with the option of pre-ordering a specific cut of meat, such as a wing of beef. Dishes are served personally by the chefs, bringing an interactive experience to the dining and allowing customers to chat and interact directly with the person preparing their food. Everything is made with produce from the Victorian walled garden and greenhouses at nearby Netherby Hall.
THE FAT DUCK, BRAY
The Fat Duck will take you on a nostalgic trip of playful memories and adventure. Renowned for his innovative cooking and inventive creations, Heston Blumenthal draws on his childhood holiday memories to inspire your own childhood recollections. An experience filled with curiosity, discovery and adventure.
RESTAURANT SAT BAINS, NOTTINGHAM
Sat Bains has truly knocked the ball out of the park with his Nottingham venture, located discerningly in Nottingham wasteland. It’s a smart restaurant with an intimate atmosphere and an offering of highly original dishes with distinct carefully balanced flavours. To really get a feel for the kitchen’s creativity, book a table in the 6-seater Nucleus dining room. This is the development kitchen where most of the magic happens.
THE PRIORY BAY HOTEL, ISLE OF WIGHT
The foodie themed Priory Bay Hotel is the ultimate culinary break. Former Noma chef, Oliver Stephens delivers seafood heavy menus in both the Priory Oyster restaurant and the Island Room restaurant and makes the utmost of the Isle’s local produce. A stay for two nights costs £580 and includes a tutored wine tasting, cookery demonstration or a foraging trip around the estate, two dinners, one lunch and breakfast both mornings. Bargain.