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  • Local food and drink in the Cotswolds

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Cotswolds, Harriet O'Brien picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the west of England. The Averys pride themselves on serving local ales (and won North Cotswold Pub of the Year in Camra’s 2014 awards) and on offering no-nonsense pub food based on really fresh local produce – the likes of Gloucester Old Spot sausage and mash, and honey-roast ham. From venison carpaccio to honey-roasted pheasant with sage pudding, and amazing desserts such as tea cream with poached quince and milk sorbet, food miles and sustainability are big considerations here. It is run in partnership by National Star and Wriggly Worm, a charity dedicated to helping people through food and cookery. Open daily. harrietsjollynice.co.uk Star Anise Arts Café A short walk from Stroud’s High Street, this buzzing enterprise exudes creative community spirit, offering excellent all-natural food and a platform for local arts.

  • Local food and drink in Dedham Vale

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Dedham Vale, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés, inns and farm shops for local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southeast England. Whether it’s locally reared pork, freshly caught oysters, or fruit and vegetables grown and picked from the neighbouring fields that gets your taste buds going, you’ll find an abundance of delicious, local, quality food here in Dedham Vale. Much of the area has been farmed for hundreds of years, and locals take great pride in showcasing the very best of their food and drink, including some household names like Copella apple juice and Tiptree jam. Wherever you choose to eat or shop, you can be sure that you’ll be putting something back into the local area, reducing your food miles, and discovering some truly special produce, all at the same time! Hall Farm has been run by the same family for three generations, and they decided to open the farm shop in 2001 following huge demand from locals for high quality, local produce.

  • Local food and drink in the Peak District

    As you might expect from a National Park with a strong agricultural and farming heritage, local food is big business in the Peak District. The quality and integrity of the food is paramount: delicious food is prepared to order using the freshest local, seasonal produce. The Number 6 cycle route on the National Cycle Network goes past Hope. losehillhouse.co.uk The Anglers Rest A community owned pub, cafe and Post Office, serving delicious freshly cooked food, using local produce, plus a wide selection of local real ales. The shop supports a wealth of local food producers, artisans and projects. The café is a celebration of delicious local and seasonal food.

  • Local food and drink in the Dorset AONB

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Dorset, Harriet O'Brien picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southern England. Dorset Food & Drink was launched in 2013 to bring together everyone proud to be growing, making, selling, serving, supporting and buying Dorset food and drink. In the seminal story Tess, in fact, avoids stopping here – and that would be a great shame today, for the food is a treat. But don’t let the good looks deflect too much attention from the food factor – which is top class. The much applauded farm shop here was established a decade ago and, quite apart from stocking the farm’s own produce, has been a pioneer in selling and promoting local foods: this is the go-to shop for a great range of the region’s best ingredients.

  • Local food and drink in the Mendip Hills

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Mendip Hills, Jackie King picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Somerset, southwest England. It may be a relatively small AONB, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a region with a stronger food heritage than Somerset. We think that the food you eat on holiday is as important as where you pick to stay - you'll be surrounded by good, local food at all of these places. As much local produce is sold as possible, with information given on the provenance and sourcing of produce. Thatchers is still served here, but it’s the food which attracts the punters these days (though cider does features heavily in the menu!)

  • Local Attractions in Gower

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Gower, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of local historical and natural attractions in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south Wales, from ancient castle and burial mounds to sandy beaches and wildlife reserves. A small shop sells local wares at the entrance, whilst inside the 12th-century mill are displays of rural life, craft workshops and a cute little tearoom. Perfect for rainy days with little ones. gowerheritagecentre.co.uk National Trust Rhossili Visitor Centre, Gower Right on the edge of the path to Worm's Head and the last house before the sea, the National Trust Rhossili Visitor Centre is a lovely place to pop into for information on the local area, to pick up curios in the shop, or just enjoy the view across the way to Swansea Bay. A row of shops sell fish and chips, bucket and spades and other seaside staples, making it a good beach to pitch up on for a lazy seaside day with a young family. visitswanseabay.com/listings/port-eynon-bay-beach/ For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Gower

  • Local Attractions in Llŷn

    Llŷn Maritime Museum, Nefyn, Wales The Maritime Museum, based at St Mary's Church that was founded in the 6th century, was the brainchild of locals who were keen to showcase the area's rich maritime history. It is still a venue for art, with work displayed by local artists in ten original gallery spaces. There’s a bright, airy café serving homemade food, with further seating in a pretty garden with views across to Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay. For classy souvenirs, the gift shop sells handicrafts – woodwork, textiles - by local artists. The previous owners, the Keating sisters, bequeathed their much-loved home to the Trust, after having spent many years restoring it from dereliction in the 1930s. nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-yn-rhiw For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Llŷn.

  • Local Attractions in the Brecon Beacons

    But the centre is much more besides: it also doubles up as a gallery and exhibition space displaying work by local artists, a gift shop selling local crafts, and there's a great cafe on the ground floor selling homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons

  • Local Attractions in Pembrokeshire

    Then there's the Cloisters Gallery, which exhibits works of art ranging from photography to ceramics, as well as a refectory where you can take a deserved rest and tuck into some fine local produce. stdavidscathedral.org.uk Picton Castle and Woodland Gardens Discover not only a hidden gem of castle with some 700 years of history, but also around 40 acres of uniquely beautiful gardens, walled garden and tranquil woodland walks. This has been created by Green Links with the help of local disadvantaged children and a Communities and Nature Grant, The Countryside Council for Wales and the Environmental Agency who have also funded the reinstatement of a large pond. uptoncastle.com Pembroke Castle With a long and fascinating history dating back to around 1093, Pembroke Castle is a great family destination, with much effort having been put into making history come alive. If you're interested in local natural history you'll be able to take part in groups such as 'woodland conservation and management' and 'Pembrokeshire spring wildlife', while family fun weeks run in both July and August. field-studies-council.org/locations/orielton Dale Fort Field Study Centre Originally built in 1856 and overlooking the entrance to Milford Haven, there can be no better place to come and study marine biology and ecology. One of the centre's highlights is the brand new interactive exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into everything from the history to the wildlife of the local area. As is the case with Bluestone's Blue Lagoon water park, the Activity Centre is heated by an innovative biomass boiler system, located in the nearby energy centre. bluestonewales.com For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Pembrokeshire

  • Local Attractions in the Yorkshire Dales

    You can see working looms, check out the changing exhibitions, events and workshops, and buy work by local artists and craftspeople in the retail galleries (the gorgeous rugs are hard to resist). farfieldmill.org Gayle Mill Step back in time at this 19th-century sawmill which is full working order after a comprehensive restoration project. The Folly house the Museum of North Craven Life with exhibits on local history. You might be surprised to learn that the village played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, with local textile mills flourishing and bringing wealth to the area. grassingtonfolkmuseum.org.uk The Forbidden Corner Its claim to be ‘the strangest place in the world’ might be a bit exaggerated, but The Forbidden Corner in Middleham is definitely an unusual attraction. Kids can hunt for clues and hidden objects, adults can turn their hand to fly fishing, and there’s a great farm shop stuffed with local goods and restaurant selling homemade fare. kilnseypark.co.uk Parcevall Hall Gardens Garden lovers shouldn’t miss Parcevall Hall at the heart of Wharfedale. In the visitor’s centre you can see the remains of wolverines – a giant member of the weasel family that were discovered here. stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to The Yorkshire Dales

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