Just say the word ‘Cotswolds’ and a host of charming images come to mind: bucolic villages, stately homes, pastoral meadows, undulating green hills and idyllic honey-coloured dwellings
Add to that a host of decent dining pubs, craft bakeries, farmhouse delis and artisan chocolate makers and it has to be one of the most picturesque foodie hotspots in the UK.
To explore it one sumptuous mouthful at a time try booking a Cotswold Foodie Tour, a unique and interactive way to discover local cheese (there are more than 100 different cheesemakers in the region), artisan brews, rare breed meats, traditional West Country pastries, freshly-roasted coffee and finely blended teas.
A guided walk around the Cotswold’s gastronomic capital of Cheltenham on The Regency Tour will reveal an award winning bakery, a speciality cheese shop, a delicious ice cream parlour and the chance to sample British charcuterie and Cotswold gin at an iconic eatery. The Luxury Cotswold Food Tour, meanwhile, takes in an artisan gin distiller and the organic farm and creamery, Daylesford. Find out more about all the tours here.
If you’re making a weekend of it, book a two-night bed and breakfast stay at the four star luxurious Malmaison Hotel and explore the vibrant Montpellier area of Cheltenham before tucking into a tasty menu of sizzling steaks, spiced grills and cleverly crafted modern specialities.
And don’t miss a visit to Gloucester Studio, one of the tiniest restaurants in the country. Here pyromaniac chef Kathryn Minchew provides a quirky dining experience for groups of up to eight people. The wooden Kota hut in her back garden in a quiet residential Gloucester street is where the former the MasterChef semi finalist cooks over a wood fire. As you perch yourself on a reindeer skin, eat from a wooden plate and drink from a handmade cup. Kathryn cooks a ten course meal, right in front of you, over a crackling fire.