Gourmet campervan tour of the South West
With UK food enjoying a renaissance we’re now seeing an influx of food tourists to the hot spots of the South West of England. I am in Langport at the Burrow Hill cider shop in deepest Somerset chatting to two travellers from San Francisco who tell me why the South West food trail has gone global.
“We’ve spent the last week on a road trip of the South West of England,” she explains. “We have had some of the best meals for less that $20. The quality and value is just outstanding. Some of the pub meals we have had have exceeded even the best Michelin starred restaurants in London!”
Whilst none of this is surprising for a West Country local, it is pleasing to see the deserved recognition for our artisan food producers.From scallops from Brixham to the creamiest Cheddar cheeses our top places and how you can enjoy the very best in the West.
Cheddar, Glastonbury and Wells
Start your day with a visit to Cheddar, Somerset’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Dramatic cliffs overhang the scenic road leading through Cheddar. Join one of the many paths to hike the canyon and enjoy the most spectacular sceneary. Once you’ve built up an appetite enjoy the down hill path that leads into Cheddar town. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company provides a first hand experience to see cheese in production. The only company storing their cheddar in the caves under the town you can sample a range of their produce. Be careful the extra mature will put hairs on your chest.
After a little cheese what could be better than spot of lunch. We recommend the White Hart Inn little changed in over 100 years a dog-friendly, hearty local pub serving a generous Ploughman’s lunch all day.
Glastonbury whilst famous for the annual festival sits on the greatest ley line crossroad Get your chakras aligned with a stroll to the top of the Tor and enjoy views stretching out across the Somerset levels. Amazing to think this was once an island housing a monastic community.
A stroll through Glastonbury town provides many opportunities for visiting the quirky shops and an opportunity to chat to the friendly local traders.
Moving on to Wells to visit the oldest Cathedral in Britain is a moving experience. Come for evensong to hear the Cathedral School choir sing. A stroll through the cathedral green will take you back in time. If this has built up an appetite, the best place to eat is newcomer taking the town by storm Ensemble. A relaxed informal dining experience where all food is locally sourced provides a real treat.
Langport for cider and smoking hot food
Follow the food trail to Langport. Stop for lunch at the Forrest and Brown Smokery. You will not regret it. Originally the smokery was dedicated to preserving the plentiful eels caught int the River Parrot. Nowadays the smokery presents some of the widest range of West Country specialities from their little and shop. Visit in May for their open day and see the hot and cold smoke houses whilst nibbling on delicacies including smoked scallop or smoked Somerset brie. all sublimely wonderful.
Round the corner is the award winning Somerset Cider Brandy Company. No flashy shop, just cider off the barrel and the chance to pet the farm horses and dog while marvelling at the historic cider pressing machinery. Distilling takes place early summer before the heat and the best thing is the apple blossom lined avenues of trees.
Bruton for beef
Next stop on the road trip is Bruton a short drive through scenic Somerset countryside where a must visit is the Roth Bar and Grill. This is a little gem. Founded by artists and based on a beef farm this place mixes art with relaxed dining. Come for lunch and enjoy the beautiful gardens or time your visit to enjoy a night of music and classic films. Tuck in to a home grown Wagyu beef steak and soak in the atmosphere.
Montacute and Lyme Bay
Heading south next a visit to the quintessential English village of Montacute where you can enjoy a slower pace of life. The National Trust Montacute House is a lovely spot for a walk or a picnic. Afterwards be sure to try sample some of the local ales in the Phelips Arms, an historic inn serving generous portions at reasonable prices.
Finish your trip with a visit to Lyme Regis on the Dorset border with its dramatic coastline and friendly pubs and restaurants. Fossil hunters will love it as there have been many interesting finds on the beach here. We guarantee you’ll finish your road trip sad to leave and probably a few pounds heavier.
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