If tucking into artisan food and drink is your idea of the perfect weekend break, then make a beeline for the Cotswolds.  With distilleries, breweries and a whole host of fabulous food producers, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to indulge your passion!

The Big Feastival

Returning to Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds this August Bank Holiday, the Big Feastival's delicious line-up will feature some of Britain’s most respected chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Prue Leith, Gennaro Contaldo, Daniel Clifford, James Lowe, Tom Brown, Andi Oliver and Candice Brown.  They’ll all be sharing their culinary wisdom while cooking up some delectable treats!  You can also brush up on your own culinary skills with a huge range of tasting and skills based masterclasses on offer. Then finish off your culinary journey by tasting as much award-winning street food as you have room for! 
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Daylesford cottages are a few steps away from the award-winning farmshop, filled with an abundance of organic ingredients for you to prepare back in your cottage. With a fresh seasonal supply of vegetables, fruit and herbs picked each morning from the nearby market garden, as well as delicious inspiring food such as cheese from the creamery, bread baked every day from the bakery and meat from their animals, there is plenty to tempt you.  Or simply let Daylesford’s expert chefs prepare signature dishes and botanical cocktails for you in the organic cafés.
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Blenheim Palace - The Orangery Supper Club

Experience the grandeur of Blenheim Palace’s architecture and graceful interiors with a Champagne pairing dinner.   Arrive to a  Laurent Perrier reception with delicious canapés on the Orangery terrace overlooking the gorgeous Italian gardens, then sit down to a three-course tasting dinner inspired by the exquisitely paired wines, followed by coffee and William Curley chocolates.
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The Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery in the beautiful north Cotswolds countryside is all about quality and flavour above all else – and one sip of their single malt whiskies, gins or liqueurs and you’ll see why.  With daily tours and tastings where you can learn more about their award-winning outstanding natural spirits, and the opportunity to relax, shop and taste gorgeous coffees, cakes and light lunch bites throughout the day in the new visitor centre, we guarantee a taste sensation all round.
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Charles Smith, Head Chef at Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor opened a second restaurant in May.  Atrium at Lords of the Manor is already one of the hottest bookings in the area, with only 14 places available for its eight-course tasting menu.  The experience is playful (who says that fine dining has to be pompous?), Cotswold seasonal and draws on experience gained by Head Chef, Charles Smith working at Thomas Keller’s Per Se (New York) and Alyn Williams’ The Westbury.  A new Taste of the Cotswolds package combines a sought after booking for Atrium with a second evening of more casual dining in the hotel’s Dining Room.
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The Kitchen at Feldon Valley

The Kitchen at Feldon offers a high end dining experience enjoyed at a laid back pace, set against a stunning backdrop of Cotswold views. Showcasing fresh ingredients as well as selected herbs, fruit and vegetables that are grown on site, Executive Head Chef Darren Brown champions locally produced ingredients to deliver creative dishes in both the bar and restaurant.  Enjoy delicious food from light bites on the House Menu to Saturday night dinner and Sunday lunch, either in the restaurant’s ambient space or out on the balcony to fully appreciate Feldon’s unique setting. 
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The Garden Cafe at Miserden

Relax in the beautiful Edwardian glasshouse in the former kitchen garden of The Garden at Miserden where you’ll find exceptional coffee and delicious seasonal food.  Set within the nursery, The Garden Café also hosts unique pop-up restaurants where top quality local chefs offer diners a delicious feast in a beautiful setting.  Choose from Japanese banquets, exceptional seasonal suppers with a modern twist, inspiring plant-based food journeys and fusions of flavours from across the world – and don’t forget to bring your own booze!
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The Whistle Stop Cafe at Tetbury Goods Shed

If you’re looking for the perfect home-made cake or lunch, head for the Whistle Stop Café at Tetbury Goods Shed to taste the creations of fully-qualified pastry chef Sasha Jenner.  Open every day from Wednesday to Sunday, it’s the chance to enjoy gorgeous local food in a beautiful and historic setting.
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The Bear of Rodborough

The Bear of Rodborough Hotel, near Stroud, have been growing their own grapes on site for a number of years and in October 2017 the team were able to harvest the first grapes from ‘Hanna’s Vineyard’ and begin the magical process of making wine!  After a second successful harvest in 2018 the wine is looking set for launch in Autumn 2019.  The wine will be an English Sparkling Rosé and The Bear Hotel are excited to share the first taste with their guests later in the year.
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The beehives at Highgrove

Book a garden tour, led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert guides of his inspiring, organic gardens at Highgrove and enjoy a rare glimpse into the life of The Prince of Wales. Discover how the bees, who reside in an old paddock, journey to the rich pastures and clover fields and feed on the sweet nectar of the flowers.  Then pick up a jar of Royal Orchard Summer Honey at Highgrove Shop; produced from pollen collected by the bees at Highgrove this is a wonderfully flowery and sweet combination - a pure joy to taste.
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The Pudding Club at the Three Ways House Hotel

For those with a sweet tooth, visit Three Ways House Hotel -  home to the World Famous and fabulous ‘Pudding Club’.  This award-winning experience takes place every Friday night, hosted by the ‘Pudding Master’, where you will be treated, after a light main course, to a parade of seven glorious traditional puddings.  Old favourites such as syrup sponge, spotted dick and jam roly poly are all on the menu, served with the obligatory gallons of custard!  Round off the evening on a high, with an overnight stay in one of the quirky ‘Pudding’ themed bedrooms.
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Fine dining at Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle Hotel is excited to unveil the delicious new summer menus created by Head Chef, Andrew Chan and his wonderful award-winning team.  New lunch and dinner menus feature seasonal flavours and ingredients from the kitchen garden; a gourmet treat for all.  Or why not book the original Dungeon and Wine Cellar for your small group of up to 8 -  or one of the other atmospheric, regal and historical private dining rooms for larger groups?
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