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  • 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. The AONB has a thriving café culture and you won't be short of places to wind down in after a day roaming around the coast or countryside, from local tea shops to Michelin-starred restaurants. From humble beginnings in their farmhouse kitchen in Dorchester, this husband and wife enterprise now supplies restaurants, delis and eateries with their delicious products, which range from sausage, chorizo and salami to venison, duck and beef, all of which are smoked using age-old traditional smoking techniques. There are a host of Dorset cheeses; there are Saison salts from the very local little cottage industry on the doorstep; there are Dorset Knobs and other biscuit products from Moores; and there’s a wonderful section of quail, duck, goose and hen eggs. washingpool.co.uk The Game Larder The Game Larder buys from 28 Dorset shoots, processes the meat – plucking, butchering, packaging – and then supplies it to restaurants, retailers or direct to the public. The Game Larder also supplies farm shops, independent butchers, pubs and restaurants across the county. thedorsetgamelarder.co.uk Bride Valley Farm Shop There’s a great array of beef, pork and charcuterie as well as local chutneys, pickles, honey, jams, veg, and dairy products at this foodie trove in the centre of charming Abbotsbury.

  • Local food and drink in the Peak District

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Peak District, Florence Fortnam picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in this glorious National Park in central England. All this seasonal goodness can be sampled in the many restaurants, pubs and markets dotted throughout the region, so whether you want to splash out on a fine dining experience or buy directly from local producers at one of the monthly farmers markets, getting involved in the regional food scene should be a highlight of any trip to the Peak District. The Yorkshire Bridge Inn Restaurant An award-winning inn supporting local suppliers and traditional community events, the Yorkshire Bridge Inn is also just a hop from Ladybower Reservoir. Also very nearby is Route 6 on the National Cycle Network. yorkshire-bridge.co.uk The Orangery Restaurant at Losehill House Hotel & Spa Staff here are deservedly proud of this unpretentious, award-winning restaurant, which strives to provide the highest quality food without ever compromising on quality or ethics. It is therefore advisable to make the half hour walk from the station, or to take a taxi, which the restaurant will be happy to arrange for you.

  • Where to Eat in Northumberland National Park

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Northumberland National Park, Jo Keeling picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets in this glorious protected area in northeast England. This vibrant market takes place 9am-2pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, with occasional extra events over the summer. hexhamfarmersmarket.co.uk Boat Inn Restaurant The Leaplish Waterside Park is a handy entry point to Kielder Water and the Forest Park. The restaurant menu focuses on local-produce with seasonal homegrown vegetables: expect Northumbrian pub classics such as twice-cooked belly pork with black pudding, homemade burgers and cod and mackerel caught at nearby Seahouses. It’s also dog-friendly. redlionnewbrough.co.uk The Garden Restaurant The aptly-named Garden Restaurant sits in within the National Park, close to Bellingham and takes full advantage of its position in the heart of Northumberland. The chef and his team make everything from scratch, from the bread to the butterscotch sauce: they grow fruit and vegetables in their kitchen garden, source meat and fish from local producers and forage for ingredients to add those unusual touches to the menu. garden-restaurant.co.uk The Queens Head Hotel Restaurant Marking the geological boundary between the sandstone heather moorlands of the south and the volcanic Cheviots to the north, the Coquet Valley is surely one of Britain’s most spectacular yet serene landscapes.

  • Where to Eat in the North York Moors

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the North York Moors, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and local markets in this wonderful National Park in the north of England. All of the eateries listed in this guide, from pubs in slumbering hamlets and vintage tearooms to chic restaurants and country inns, take pride in their produce, many growing their own vegetables and salads in gardens and allotments – and the result is a distinctive array of flavours unique to the region. The bar sticks to a more traditional feel, with calming green walls, dark-wood settles, hops festooning the ceiling and (of course) that essential open fire; the restaurant complements a stone fireplace with vibrant colours and sparky, generous cooking. Whether you settle into an intimate booth in the restaurant or the more relaxed bistro, not only can you be assured that the special on your plate brill, halibut or sea trout, perhaps is fresh from Whitby or Staithes, you’ll also know which boat and which skipper landed it. The seafood tasting menu (4/5/6 courses £30/£37/£44) showcase the best of the Yorkshire coast’s bounty. greensofwhitby.com Lord Stones Country Park The cafe, restaurant, shop and campsite on this 160-acre park have been revamped by a family on the adjoining estate, who have injected new life and energy into the site.

  • Places to stay in the Cotswolds

    Includes free WiFi and gym. http://www.greyfieldfarm.com Old Swan and Minster Mill, Witney This is a bucolic, riverside 16th-century inn with a fine restaurant dishing up hearty gastro-pub fare, the old mill across the way offering the main accommodation, although the Old Swan has several creaky rooms above the dining area and a cottage. https://www.minstermill.co.uk Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton Three Ways House Hotel with restaurant is home to the wacky Pudding Club and single handedly promotes the old fashioned steamed pud. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with outstanding views, set on the edge of Langley Farm. kingjohnscottages.co.uk The Wharf House A wonderful riverside restaurant with rooms in Over, just outside the city of Gloucester. With two restaurants and a spa and gorgeous walks from the front door, it's pretty close to perfection. dormyhouse.co.uk Mayfield House Hotel Minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's, this family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore. A classical Georgian country house hotel with charm, character and a subtle elegance it has its own Vine conservatoire Restaurant offering both traditional English and International cuisine using prime local produce together with home grown organic fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.

  • Activities in the Lake District

    Check each individual route on the Go Lakes website and find out how to plan out your walk to encompass some of the region's best restaurants and real ale providers. While you're waiting at Haverthwaite station you can always have a bite to eat in the restaurant while the kis enjoy the Woodland Play Area.

  • Green Traveller's Guide to Low Carbon Holidays

    When you’re eating out at restaurants, look out for those that have been vetted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, and choose sustainable fish - the Marine Conservation Society has also produced a handy guide to sustainable seafood, with advice on avoiding endangered fish, such as bluefin tuna, see: fishonline.org.

  • Review of Pure Camping, Loop Head, Ireland

    However there is no shortage of great Irish pubs and restaurants on Loop Head if you want to dine out.

  • How to travel from Wales to Europe without flying

    Greatest choice of sailing times at 08:15, 14.45, 22:00 and 22:45 depending on the day and season Facilities on board: bar, restaurants, cinema, entertainment for adults and children, shops and kids play area Sleeper Cabins: take from 2-4 people and some ferries have cabins suitable for a dog to travel alongside its owner Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Leaves Portsmouth at 20:15, arriving in Cherbourg at 08:15, with slight changes to timings depending on the season and some day crossings from St Malo Facilities on board: cinemas, cabaret and live entertainment, restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Sundays sailings offer two nights onboard Facilities on board: restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping, pool, spa, cinema, children’s play area Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins including a cabin that accommodates a pet alongside its owners Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Leaves Portsmouth at around 08:45 or 17:00 depending on the day and season Facilities on board: restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping, pool, spa, cinema, children’s play area Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins including a cabin that accommodates a pet alongside its owners Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Leaves Plymouth at around 08:00 and/or 22:00, depending on the day and season Facilities on board: restaurants, bars, cafe, shops, live entertainment, cinemas, children’s play area, pool and spa (on some crossings) Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage.

  • Local Attractions in Suffolk Coast and Heaths

    Snape Maltings At one time this venue was one of the largest flat floor maltings in the country, but in 1965, George Gooderham bought the Maltings and began the gradual conversion of the Victorian buildings into the lively mix of shops, restaurants and arts venues it is today. It now boasts shops, restaurants, traditional amusement arcades, the world’s ‘cheekiest clock’ and an ‘Under the Pier’ show featuring Tim Hunkin's unique, hand-built machines which include 'Wack a Banker', 'Pet or Meat' and 'My-Nuke' where you can load plutonium rods into your very own nuclear reactor.

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