Many of us know about and love typical European foods; paella in Spain, croissants in France, pizza in Italy, but what do you know about regional food in the UK? 

Have you ever eaten saffron buns from Cornwall, cockles from London, laverbread from Wales or a deep fried mars bar from Scotland? 

We wanted to explore a little more about typical food from around the UK and to share not only our discoveries with you but which of our properties offer tasty treats for your stay! 

So whether you are looking for a nearby pub, vegan or vegetarian food or some delicious hampers of afternoon teas, we have you covered! 

Let us know on our Facebook post which local foods you love best! 

 


Starting from the south-west, Devon and Cornwall offer a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury delights, including the Cornish pasty, scones with jam and cream, saffron buns and delicious cider to wash it all down with. However, did you know that the crust on the pasty was originally there for the coal miners to hold, so they didn’t get the main part dirty! Plus pasties weren’t all savoury, typically one end was filled with your traditional meat and potatoes, whilst the other end was filled with jam! The perfect meal, all in an easy to hold casing. 

SOUTH WEST: 

The Mews: Organic Food hampers

The Nap: Gastro pubs with local beers nearby



Moving up the coastline, we come to Dorset and Somerset, home to some of the tastiest cheese there is and home to Cheddar, the town that first made its namesake cheese back in the 12th century!

That said, cheese is made throughout the UK, with the midlands, Wales and even Scotland being proud producers of the UK’s most favourite sandwich filler (2018).

With over 700 varieties of cheese produced in the UK, the question is, what do you like to eat with your cheese?  

SOUTH WEST:

The Artisan Shepherd's HutCelebration hamper with bubbly

Miller's Huts DorsetLocally sourced breakfast hampers

 



Moving over to the south east of the UK, London as the capital offers a plethora of food for everyone, but is historically known for its cockles, jellied eels and pie and mash.

These foods became popular back in the 1800’s when there was an abundance of eels in the River Thames which were easy to catch and therefore cheap for the working class.

Nowadays food from all over the world can be found in London, due to its multicultural population. If you prefer a sweeter dish then the historic maid of honour tarts from King Henry VIII’s reign, will delight you with their sweetness. 

SOUTH EAST:

Seafin: Afternoon tea and picnics

Merry Harriers: O n site pub

Hut Therapy: Plant based macrobiotic food

Re:treat Glamping: Freshly prepared meals including vegan and vegetarian options





The midlands offers a wide range of delicacies including the delicious Bakewell tart, faggots and Melton Mowbury pork pies. 

However we cannot pass through the midlands without mentioning Marmite and Worcestershire Sauce. These two cooking accompaniments can, without doubt, be found in pretty much every UK home and Marmite has been known to divide the nation with its “Love it or hate it” slogan! 

MIDLANDS:

Cley Windmill: Drop-off dining via 2 local caterers, enjoy inside or al fresco

Country Bumpkin Yurts: Local food & drink hampers, afternoon tea hampers

Toasty Tipi: Gastro pub on site




Popping over the border to Wales, there is plenty to enjoy from the sweet bara brith fruit loaf, to the savoury and nutritious seaweed laverbread and delicious vegetarian leek and cheese based Glamorgan sausages!

The national dish of cawl is a hearty stew of meat (often lamb) with vegetables which is in some areas served in a wooden bowl with a wooden spoon.

WALES:

Hazel Safari Tent: Food festival in Abergavenny and nearby vineyard

The Tower at Glanusk Park: Whisky and gin made on site




Up north we are spoilt for choice! Liverpool offers us another stew, this time scouse stew which typically consists of chunks of meat - usually beef or lamb, with potatoes and onions. Originally known as lobscouse by the sailors that came into Liverpool port, this stew is the reason Liverpudlians are known as scousers!

Popping over to Yorkshire and Lancashire, we can find many tasty treats from the savoury yorkshire pudding, a must for all roast dinners, to the delicious gingerbread cake parkin and flaky eccles cakes. 

NORTH:

Longtail Lodge: Close to Bowness where there is an excellent range of restaurants. 

Owl Lodge at the Canal: Complimentary luxury breakfast hamper 



Crossing the border to Scotland we can discover the traditional haggis with neeps and tatties (parsnips and potatoes)as well as the not so traditional but infamous deep fried mars bar!

All of which can be washed down with a warming glass of Scotland’s finest whisky! On a morning a tasty bowl of porridge never goes amiss although some prefer the spiced fish dish of kedgeree! 

SCOTLAND:

North Lodge & River Cabin: Vegetable Garden provides fresh, organic vegetables and fruit, as well as eggs from their own hens.



Finally crossing the water to Northern Ireland we discover soda bread farl which is a staple of the traditional Irish breakfast known as Ulster fry.

Farl itself simply means to roll dough into a flat circle and then cut it into 4 pieces. These can be served with sweet or savoury toppings according to your tastes.

The Irish stew is popular here too as well as champ - a version of mashed potato mixed with scallions. 

 

N.Ireland: 

Birch Eco Cottage: Free range eggs and seasonal vegetables on this organic smallholding. 

 

So there you have it, a brief look into the delicious delicacies that the UK has to offer. Which of these is your favourite? We would love to hear from you on our social media pages. Drop us a message or even better, a photo of you with your favourite regional dish! 

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