The UK has a wealth of wonderful restaurants, farms, wineries, cafes, and more to explore. If you’re a fanatic for good food or are just looking for a few ideas for your next foodie road trip with friends or family, then planning a campervan holiday based around a favourite food or drink is a great way to experience the country. We’re going to look at a few parts of the UK renowned for beautiful landscapes and even more delectable treats. As ever, it’s integral that you follow government guidelines on social distancing and book in advance where possible to avoid disappointment. This is part 2 of our exciting foodie road trip series. If you haven’t read the first part we recommend reading that here before seeing what secrets this article holds.
Foodie Roadtrip to Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire has a reputation for being the food capital of Wales. From afternoon teas and Michelin star restaurants to wineries, farms, and smokeries, there is something for everyone in the verdant Severn and Wye valleys.
Wineries have become hugely popular throughout Wales. Farmlands set against steep valleys and rolling hills are ideal for this burgeoning wine culture with a wide selection of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, and Triomphe finding their way into the Monmouthshire landscape. Some popular vineyards that are definitely worth checking out are Ancre Hill Vineyard and White Castle Vineyard. These vineyards cater to visitors with vineyard tours as well as Welsh wine tasting and restaurants on offer. Make sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
It’s not just vineyards, but other products that can also be sampled on a trip to Monmouthshire. The Severn & Wye Smokery is one such gem. This smokery is single-handedly reviving traditional ingredients like their elvers which are raised to maturity to be made into a delicious smoked eel. The Smokery’s fish bar is a must for any seafood lover who wants to try traditional and experimental dishes like kedgeree or salmon cured with yuzu, ginger and shiso.
No trip to Monmouthshire is complete with a visit to the magnificent Tintern Abbey. These ruins have been said to be the inspiration behind some of Turner and Wordsworth’s work as well as being the birthplace of a monastic brewery dating back hundreds of years. While here you can also plan a trip to the Parva Farm vineyard or Kingstone Brewery to see how the Tintern monks craft has been developed into modern tastes.
Last, but not least, the Humble by Nature school is a unique learning experience in Wales. This school on a 117-acre farm and rural skills school is owned and operated by Kate Humble. Booking a sausage making course, or foraging for salsa verde and pickling are all examples of the types of courses available throughout the year so why not plan a little day out with friends or family and get back in touch with nature.
Foodie Roadtrip to Norfolk
Norfolk is blessed with wonderful countryside and a beautiful coastline. This combination of inland and coastal landscapes means this county is a veritable feast for the eyes and stomach. Plan a trip with your friends and a luxurious camper to the east coast of England and you’ll discover local delights like Cromer Crab, Brancaster Mussels, Norfolk Black turkey, cockles, samphire, asparagus, and more!
All of these ingredients are celebrated at a wide range of popular pubs, cafes, and restaurants. The Gunton Arms is regularly featured in articles and specialises in carefully sourcing local ingredients for their unique menu. You can also enjoy a stroll, before or after your meal, in the surrounding 1000-acre deer park.
Another mainstay restaurant that is worth bookmarking is Hambleton Hall. This historic home has a stunning restaurant led by head chef Aaron Patterson. Under Patterson care, the Hall has managed to maintain its Michelin Star for 37 years and won four AA rosettes.
If you’re looking for a tipple to take home as a souvenir then stop by The English Whisky Co. Located at the St. George Distillery, Norfolk’s climate is ideal for growing barley, a key ingredient in whisky distillation. Add to this the pure water drawn from the Breckland aquifer and you’ll find a whisky that is smooth, smoky, and well worth a visit.
As ever, when planning trips with stops at vineyards and distilleries it’s integral that you plan who is going to be the designated driver. If possible, you can even camp nearby and use a local taxi firm so that everyone can enjoy trying new wines and whisky without having to worry about driving.
Whatever route you plan, a campervan is a perfect way to explore the bucolic countryside of Norfolk. A luxury camper allows you to set up somewhere cosy no matter where you are, be it overlooking the ocean, taking in a starry night sky, or lounging in the sun, your camper is a great way to tour the UK mainland with friends and family.
The Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland is a beautifully rugged coastal landscape dotted with quaint fishing villages and medieval castles. The mountainous interior spreads out to a coastline with peninsulas and lochs just waiting to be explored. As a foodie destination, it doesn’t get much wilder or remote than this. Pack your bags, bundle everyone into the campervan and get ready for an unforgettable journey of the Inner Hebrides.
The humble seafood shack is a favourite with locals and visitors and The Oyster Shed Farm Shop in the village of Carbost is a true gem. As its name suggests it is famed for its Loch Harport oysters and seafood including scallops, crab, mussels, and fresh fish. This farm shop also stocks local cheeses, chutneys, and smoked Scottish game in case you want to pick up some picnic snacks before heading out for an adventure.
For a more romantic restaurant experience, you have to try The Three Chimneys Restaurant. This restaurant is one of Scotland’s most famous eateries, housed in a 100-year-old stone cottage on the shore of Loch Dunvegan. Most of the ingredients on their seasonal menus come from local sources with crofters, fishermen, farmers, and foragers supplying the restaurant. This seasonality and freshness comes through in their food and is a huge part of their success. Why not plan a fishing, hiking, or foodie trip to Skye and celebrate your last night with a meal at this incredible Scottish restaurant.
These are just a few of the restaurants on offer in the area. Whether you need a meal to prepare for an ocean fishing trip or somewhere to rest up after a day out hiking through landmarks like the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, or the Fairy Pools, Skye is a beautiful windswept land well worth a foodie road trip.
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