5 Best Day Trips for Foodies Around London

By Malika Dalamal  |  August 4, 2014

Fuel up to take a flavour-packed tour of the English countryside. From foraged to farm fresh foods and quaint country pubs, here are five unforgettable wine and dine destinations. 

  • Crockford Bridge Farm
    A family-run farm where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables from over 20 crop varieties including strawberries, carrots, sweet corn, pumpkin and asparagus. 

    What to Eat & Drink: Cool down at Gelateria Danieli where the handmade Italian ice cream is made using seasonal fruits supplied by the farm. 

    While You Are There: Don't miss the Farm Shop selling crops grown on the farm and picked fresh each day. There is also a selection of homemade cakes, farmhouse cheeses and free range eggs.

    Transportation Time: Approximately 1.5 hours by car.

    New Haw Rd., Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU;  01932 853 886

  • Somerset
    Work up an appetite while driving through the rolling hills of Somerset. Although most Londoner's usually only make it as far as Soho House's country outpost, Babington House, there are plenty of other restaurants serving local farm fresh produce in the West Country. 

    What to Eat and Drink: The recent opening of Roth Bar and Grill (pictured) — an organic, farm-to-table British restaurant at Durslade Farm has put the town of Bruton on the map. Run by the people behind local restaurant and bakery At The Chapel, the new 70-cover restaurant in a converted cow shed serves hearty locally sourced dishes.

    While You Are There: Check out the rustic outpost of international contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in beautifully converted neo-Gothic Grade II-listed farmhouse barns, stables and outhouses.

    Transportation Time:  Approximately 2.5 hours by car, or take the direct train from London to Castle Cary and Gillingham stations — a 15 minute cab ride to Roth Bar and Grill.

    Durslade Farm, Dropping Ln., Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NL

  • The New Forest
    Located in the southern county of Hampshire, The New Forest is a designated National Park where the amazing range of vegetation and wildlife are protected. 

    What to Eat & Drink: Work up an appetite foraging for mushrooms on a tour organised by New Forest Mushrooms and then head over to The Pig (pictured) — a restaurant and small hotel in Brockenhurst where the 25-mile menu (everything is sourced from within 25 miles or closer) changes daily depending on what the forager and chef can find.

    While You Are There: Check into Limewood House Hotel — a charming boutique country hotel — that perfectly combines rustic and luxury.

    Transportation Time: Approximately 1.5 hours by car.

  • Bray, Oxfordshire 
    This picturesque village on the banks of the river Thames is England's number one foodie destination thanks to a collection of some of the world's best restaurants calling it home.

    What to Eat & Drink: Choose from The Waterside Inn (pictured) — the practically faultless classic French restaurant — or Heston Blumenthal's award-winning The Fat Duck. For a more traditional country pub experience opt for The Hinds Head or The Crown — both also owned by Blumenthal.

    While You Are There: Stop off at Caldesi in Campagna — the Bray outpost of the popular Tuscan cookery school where you can cook (and eat) seasonal Italian food using local produce.

    Transportation Time: Approximately one hour by car.

  • Daylesford Organic Farm
    Head to Gloucestershire to see the picture-perfect organic farm where Lady Bamford has been farming organic produce for over 30 years. (They are the suppliers of the two Daylesford farm shop cafes in London in Notting Hill and Pimlico.) 

    What to Eat & Drink: Stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner and feast on an entirely organic menu including roast saddle of Daylesford lamb to chilled heritage tomato consommé and farm baked bread.

    While You Are There: Enroll in the on-site cookery school and take classes in anything from 'Quick and Easy Seasonal Suppers' to 'Artisan Bread Making' or 'The Perfect Summer Barbecue'. 

    Transportation Time: Approximately two hours from London.

    Daylesford, Nr Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG; 01608 731700