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  • Places to Eat in Gower

    From cute cafes and hearty pub fare to a slap-up beachside restaurant, our pick of the best places to eat will tempt you to theme your whole trip around Gower's gourmet delicacies. Inside you'll find a mix of walkers, surfers and locals chatting over coffee or something stronger, and the staff are charming too - we recommend. King Arthur Hotel Restaurant, Reynoldston, Gower On the edge of the moor in the picture postcard village of Reynoldston, the King Arthur is the stuff pub fantasies were made of. That said, the Britannia is wonderful in winter too, and a big bowl of their homemade rabbit casserole will warm up the coldest explorer. The Worm's Head Restaurant, Rhossili, Gower If you like your dinner with a side of glorious view, pull up a pew at the Worm's Head, where the restaurant's huge windows look down on beautiful Rhossili Bay and sets of waves crashing on the sand. If you're after a quick bite to eat, though, we'd recommend nipping into the Helvetia bar next door to the restaurant, where they serve the same menu in a cosier pub setting - there's an outdoor terrace if you need more of a fix of that incredible vista. Oxwich Bay Hotel Restaurant, Oxwich, Gower Make sure you arrive early for a pre-dinner stroll along lovely Oxwich Bay - we reckon the delicious menus the hotel's restaurant prides itself on will taste even better afterwards.

  • 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. Milsoms Restaurant With its stylish décor and friendly staff, Milsoms is the perfect spot for a relaxed coffee, lunch or celebratory dinner. The two-tiered restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options, but the ‘sail’ covered terrace, with its glorious garden setting and 160 year old Sequoia tree, might just have the edge as the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine. Crown Inn The Crown Inn, in the charming village of Stoke by Nayland, serves up delicious home cooked food from a constantly changing menu that reflects the changing seasons. Following the shop’s success, a café and restaurant followed in 2006 which is housed in the converted old cattle byre.

  • Places to eat in Exmoor National Park

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Exmoor National Park, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in this glorious protected area in southwest England. Just as importantly, Exmoor’s pubs and restaurants know what to do with these riches, and we’ve tracked down eateries that focus on locally sourced ingredients to produce tantalising menus. The Culbone From its lofty perch on Exmoor – it’s the National Park’s highest restaurant – The Culbone lures locals and farther-flung food-lovers alike with award-winning fare based determinedly on locally sourced ingredients, notably beef from Devon Red cattle and fresh Brixham fish. The elegant restaurant dishes up locally sourced dishes – salmon in tempura butter, Exmoor fillet Rossini, West Country cheeses and homemade Simonsbath House ice cream. Exmoor White Horse A warm refuge plumb in the middle of the national park at Exford, this substantial 16th-century inn is the epitome of a village hostelry – just the kind of place you long to arrive after a day out on the moor.

  • Places to eat in the Kent Downs

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Kent Downs, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of cafés, restaurants, pubs and local food in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southeast England. From organic vegetarian cafes to tea rooms, pubs and innovative restaurants, local produce features prominently on the menus of this selection of venues. Sunday roasts (beef, lamb, pork) are a treat. The Wife of Bath Locals were aghast when this much-loved restaurant changed hands in 2014. In 2011 he returned to Kent and opened two restaurants in Folkestone: The Smokery and Rocksalt. Chef and proprietor Dave Flynn set up this innovative restaurant in 2007 with a plot-to-pot ethos of encouraging local allotment owners to sell their excess fruit and veg to him.

  • Where to Eat in the Lake District

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Lake District, Jackie King picks out a selection of restaurants, inns, cafés and local produce in this glorious National Park in the northwest of England. Whether you're looking to head straight to the source at one of the Lake District's famers' markets and farm shops, or tasting the gastronomic delights of the region's top restaurants, you can be assured that while feasting on the local fare, you'll be helping to keep money firmly rooted in local communities. Head chef Marc Guibert is currently succeeding in meeting the highest of standards, with the restaurant having been awarded 2 AA Rosettes as well as recently having won the 'Lancashire & Lake District Life Magazine's Lake District Restaurant of the Year' award. With a fantastic a la Carte menu offering up the likes of Cured Cartmel Venison Carpaccio and Cumbrian Fillet, it quickly becomes clear just why Lindeth Howe is one of the National Park's top restaurants. The Restaurant at Borrowdale Dining out is one of the great pleasures while on holiday, which is why Borrowdale Hotel has gone all out to offer one of the region's top dining experiences. The restaurant has featured in the likes of the Which Good Food Guide, the AA Food Guide and Vegetarian Briatin, as well as having won the national vegetarian Society of the Year and Vegetarian Living Restaurant of the Year awards.

  • Places to eat in Dartmoor National Park

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Dartmoor National Park, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of pubs, restaurants, and cafés to find the best local food and drink in this glorious National Park in south west England . Stella also set up the UK’s first ever organic restaurant in the 80’s and has championed local, seasonal produce from the very beginning.

  • 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. There’s a wealth of ways in which to enjoy this bounty, whether in wonderful old pubs offering contemporary twists on classic dishes; in buzzing cafes and organic farm shops; or in handsome yet easy-going restaurants with exquisitely presented cuisine. For the restaurant menu celebrates the wealth of nearby producers, from venison and Cotswold lamb to grouse and pheasant from Gloucestershire and Warwickshire shoots; and there’s always a fine selection of veg grown locally. It’s a welcoming, arty venue hosting events and gatherings in the old-style saloon bar while upstairs under beams and wrought-iron chandeliers is a well-priced restaurant offering a modern take on hearty pub classics (very much devised from local produce), great salads and tempting puds. Wild Garlic Really fresh ingredients are the basis of Matthew Beardshall’s beautifully conceived menus at this stylish small restaurant with (three) rooms in bustling Nailsworth. StarBistro has been named the national People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards.

  • Where to Eat in the Forest of Bowland

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Forest of Bowland, Jackie King picks out a selection of restaurants, inns, markets and farm shops in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northwest England. The Forest of Bowland AONB is fast gaining a reputation for its foodie scene, and there are a growing number of excellent restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and farm shops all offering up the best produce the area has to offer. The restaurant itself overlooks Longridge Fell, and offers a variety of dining areas, from the Cavalier Lounge with its open fire and comfy chairs, to the new contemporary Orangerie which opens out onto a spacious terrace. The bakery supplies a daily selection of fresh breads, confectionery, jams, ice cream and desserts for the hotel, restaurant and surrounding villages. The Cabin Cafe You’ll find this snug little cabin located next to Barley Picnic Site, nominated one of the ten best picnic sites in the North West. Also don’t miss the award winning, contemporary restaurant which serves up seasonal, traditional lunches and delicious afternoon teas accompanied by a live pianist. For more information on characterful places to stay, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Forest of Bowland

  • Places to stay in Dartmoor National Park

    There are 10 individual ensuite bedrooms, a cosy bar and a stylish restaurant serving freshly prepared, locally sourced meals. Three cosy bedrooms, a beautiful garden and welcoming hosts make this a great base from which to explore Dartmoor. The Arundell Arms Hotel, Dartmoor, England A fine country hotel, The Arundell Arms offers luxury accommodation, fishing and country sports, wonderful restaurants, wedding facilities and a conference centre. Perfect for events, large groups and couples. Bedford Hotel, Dartmoor, England Situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Tavistock, the Bedford is a grand, crenelated hotel with welcoming rooms, a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine and venues for weddings and conferences. Harrabeer Country House, Dartmoor, England Tucked away down a narrow lane in the village of Yelverton, Harrabeer Country House offers comfortable, friendly accommodation in the western moor. Other highlights are the award winning restaurant and the guided walks. Bovey Castle, Dartmoor, England One of Dartmoor's grandest and most luxurious hotels, Bovey Castle is set amid wonderfully landscaped grounds with croquet lawns, tennis courts, two restaurants and its own 18-hole golf course. Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor, England Settling into 60 acres of verdant riverside lawns alongside the West Dart, this luxurious hotel lies in the heart of the moors.

  • Places to Stay in Pembrokeshire

    The Chapel is located in a small hamlet, close to the historic city of St Davids with its restaurants, deli, clothing shops and magnificent cathedral. Banceithin, Ceredigion, Wales Two renovated cottages blending modern design with character and original features of traditional Welsh stone buildings, on a smallholding nestled in a quiet valley.

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