As a nation, we in the UK make no secret of being fans of gourmet food and drink. But is that dull January diet getting you down? Fear not, here at Mr Nutcase we’ve got a round-up of some of the best UK gourmet experiences you’ll be eager to try out this year. All foodies and drink lovers out there, feast your eyes of some of these mouth-watering gourmet experiences.
Vineyard Tour, Surrey
There’s only one way to find the wines that suit you and that’s to taste them! Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey offers a 360-degree virtual vineyard tour along with a fascinating insight into the workings of English wine production. You can take advantage of their Vine and Dine Grape Picking Experience, which includes a practical lesson on grape picking, a guided walking tour of the vineyard and accompanying refreshments. After taking in the beauty of the vineyards by day, you can enjoy an evening of wine appreciation and tasting with some of Denbies award winning classic and sparkling wines.
Cider Trail, Somerset
If you’re the outdoorsy type, why not try something different and treat yourself to a cider trail. It’s the ultimate countryside walk with a twist. Located in England’s West Country lies the old county of Somerset, world famous for its apple cider. Here you can take a walking tour of one of the many traditional cider farms and get lost amongst the mazes of apple orchards. Nothing suits a summer’s day better than a relaxing stroll followed by a cold glass of locally-produced cider.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour, Hampshire
If you’re more of a spirit drinker, then a tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery could be just the spot. Explore the wanders of the distillery either with an expert guide or at your own pace with an interactive map. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a mixologist, head along to the Gin Cocktail Masterclass where you’ll learn how to make a variety of gin-based cocktails from the experts. And if that’s not enough gin for one day, enjoy a refreshing complementary drink at the Mill Bar. Cheers to that!
There’s something quintessentially British about an afternoon tea for two. You can indulge in a slice of this traditional pastime at various locations across the UK, so it’s worth checking out where your local tearooms are. Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones and scrumptious sweet treats accompanied with a classic pot of tea, or if you’re feeling extra luxurious, a glass of bubbly. Wherever you choose to have your gourmet afternoon tea, whether it’s at The Ritz or a small local tearoom, it’s sure to be delicious and filling.
The perfect treat for all chocoholics and chocolate lovers. If you melt at the idea of making your very own gourmet chocolate truffles then look no further. Indulge yourself in one of the many chocolate workshops located right across the UK. You’ll learn the gooey tricks of the trade from master chocolatiers and find yourself dipping and decorating your way to some deliciously rich chocolate creations. Best of all, you’ll be able to take away some of the chocolatey treats to polish off at home!
The Great London Bake-Off
All GBBO fans, this is your time to shine! Channel your inner Mary Berry and learn how to make a delicious range of baked goods in this 4-hour cookery class. Upon arrival at the Great London Bake-Off, you’ll be kitted out in an apron and introduced to the science of baking. You’ll learn a range of techniques from experienced chefs, from the art of dough kneading to shaping your very own bakery products. After mastering those buttery croissants and sweet brioche buns, you’ll have the opportunity to take home your baked goodies and show off your baking skills to your friends and family! And if you fancy putting those new-found skills to the test at home, why not use your very own personalised wooden rolling pin and wooden spoon to give you that touch of Star Baker.
We hope that this gourmet post has given you some much needed food for thought. Are you a self-confessed foodie with a gourmet experience to share? Let us know in the comments below!