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Like Britain’s food, love these gastronomic experiences

Britain’s foodie experiences offer something for all tastes. Whether it’s grub that’s good for visitors and the planet in Cardiff, or a journey through the fiery flavours of a Balti in Birmingham, there’s plenty of locations to find chefs and street food vendors cooking up a storm.

Sky Garden, London

Love…an afternoon tea with a twist

Inspired by the story from one of Britain’s best-loved authors, Roald Dahl, visitors can uncover their inner child with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych hotel. From fabulousy fluffy floss and milkshake mixed by waterfalls to scones filled with ‘snozzberry’ jam, they can tuck into the sweet tales of a chocolatey land.

Alternatively, visitors can take to the tracks of Britain for afternoon tea on the move, as they go full steam ahead on Belmond’s luxurious British Pullman train. Developed in partnership with Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise organisation, visitors can enjoy chilled champagne alongside indulgent bakes from pastry chef Claire Clark as they zoom through the British countryside.

Like great British pub culture

Britain is home to thousands of different pubs and drinking establishments, with many dating back centuries. An unmissable pub on Brighton’s seafront – and not only because it’s shaped like an upside-down boat – the Fortune of War has stood on the shore since 1882. It’s a hotspot for DJ sets, alfresco drinks, and plenty of popular local ales.

The Sheep Heid Inn has been a watering hole in Edinburgh since the 15th century. Cosy down next to a roaring fire with a pint in hand and a plate of hearty food. Or visitors can try their hand at traditional skittles to see who will reign supreme at this quirky sport.

Like top notch Michelin starred dining

Britain has 194 Michelin-Starred restaurants, with eight holding the prestigious three-stars. Co-founders Mary Wilson and Jan Ostle’s ‘ground up’ approach to sustainability in cooking brought a Michelin Green Star to the table at Wilsons in Bristol. Fusing together the importance of nature with distinctive food, here visitors can expect home-grown veggies, natural wines and produce sourced from ethical growers.

Or visitors can try Home by James Sommerin, which offers a raft of innovative flavours thanks to its surprise seasonal menu. Found in Penarth, to the south of Cardiff Bay, the family-run restaurant bagged itself a Michelin Star in the 2022 Michelin Guide, just four months after opening.

Like diverse flavours

When it comes to international cuisine, Britain brings the flavour. A visitor’s first pit stop should take them to the acclaimed home of the Balti, Birmingham. A neighbourhood filled with fiery dishes, The Balti Triangle to the south-east of the city centre is packed with curry houses. Try Shababs for a traditional Kashmiri experience. Or keep with the Indian-inspired theme in Shish Mahal, Glasgow. As the self-proclaimed inventors of chicken tikka masala, here visitors can get a taste for authentic spiced flavours

Like to dine at a British landmark

Dine with an unmissable view across London at Sky Garden, located in the capital’s iconic ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. Weave through its tropical paradise that soars up high on the 43rd floor before tucking in at the Darwin Brasserie or Fenchurch Restaurant just below. For super skyline perspectives, take to the Fenchurch Terrace for a gin cocktail and sharing platters.

Love…Britain’s lesser-known restaurants

In Glasgow’s West End, discover the all-out quirks of Hillhead Bookclub. Visitors can grab hearty vegan kebabs as they dance the night away to queer pop classics on a Thursday, bop to DJ bangers on a Saturday, or listen into spoken word sessions on Wednesdays. Whether they’re there for the grub, the drink, or the party, this is one Glaswegian joint not to be missed.

Or in London’s artsy Shoreditch, look behind an inconspicuous door to uncover Rochelle Canteen. Inside visitors will discover a converted bike shed that serves up tasty British and European plates. With a daily changing menu, they’ll be in for a treat as they can relax in this hidden oasis.

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