10 Food and Drink Experiences
August 2017 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
Delicious food, wine, brewery and distillery events are at the top of travelers wish list, and why not? They form an integral part of the cultural scene, and they’re fun! Get to know the local brews and culinary specialties in Britain and Ireland through these diverse experiences.
Traditional food, historic charm and Irish entertainment make a meal at an Irish Pub a must, and you become a part of Ireland and its culture at these lively spots. The Brazen Head in Dublin is the oldest in the country dating back to 1198 and, like many pubs, it features music every night, Irish storytelling and great food.
Authentic Cheddar Cheese
Farm visits to cheesemakers in England’s West Country let you experience authentic cheddar which has been produced here for centuries. When shopping for cheese, look for ‘Country Farmhouse Cheddar’ to be sure it is produced by the original method, using local milk, in Somerset, Dorset, Devon or Cornwall.
There’s an abundance of treats in Scotland from fresh seafood to Aberdeen-Angus Prime Steak. Take advantage of Foodie Walking Tours in Edinburgh and St Andrew’s, Braveheart Culinary & Cultural Tours and tastings of Whisky, Gin, Craft Beer, and wine tasting in Perthshire.
Cooking with a Celebrity Chef
Michel Roux Jr., Raymond Blanc, Rosemary Shrager are just three celebrity chefs you can cook with in England. With schools scattered around the country as well as in London, turn your vacation into a culinary themed vacation and pick up new techniques during group classes or private lessons.
Cornish Pasties & Apple Cider
In beautiful Cornwall, England don’t miss trying a traditional Cornish Pasty washed down with a cold apple cider. Near Newquay, visit Healeys Cider Farm for a tractor ride through the orchards. Tour the press room, cellars, distillery and museum to sample and learn about cider. Wines, spirits and preservers are also made here.
Malt Whisky Tasting
Appreciate the craftsmanship and patience required to create the ’Water of Life’ on distillery tours in Scotland. Visit famous makers like Glenfiddich as well as the new craft distilleries recently making their debut. 100 distilleries are spread across five whisky regions, many in scenic locales.
Bodnant Cookery School, Wales
Learn new skills under the guidance of leading Welsh chefs. As well as creating a popular Welsh dish, you’ll try Welsh food including Aberwen cheeses, artisan breads, pies made on-site as well as local Welsh wines. The school is housed in the stone buildings of a farm in the Conwy Valley surrounded by scenic hills.
Harrods Food Halls
This iconic department store has an entire floor dedicated to high-end foods of all descriptions. Wander through the elegant displays to find unique and high-quality edibles. The halls are also home to the sublime Caviar House Oyster Bar for fresh oysters, crustaceans and hand sliced smoked salmon along with a glass of champagne or wine.
Guinness Storehouse & Brewery
The famous Irish dry stout is so popular, the brewery has become a tourist attraction. Apart from tours and tastings, have a drink in the Gravity Bar high above the rooftops of Dublin with spectacular views. Enjoy a menu featuring iconic Guinness dishes in the Brewers’ Dining Hall complete with an open kitchen.
The Classic Cream Tea
Afternoon cream tea is a refined affair of perfectly-made tea with home-made scones, jam and clotted cream. It’s a ritual you can try on the patio at a riverside pub, in high-end hotels or at tearooms across the region. Often served with other sweet treats and a glass of champagne.