Five of the most fabulous foodie getaways in the UK

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Homegrown: some of the best foodie haunts are in the UK Credit: Richard Kellett

Forget the well-known culinary reputations of Italy, France or Japan…some of the best destinations for foodie holidays can be found right here in the UK.

Bray

There are only four restaurants in the UK to have three Michelin stars — and two of them are in this Berkshire village. Two giants of the culinary world dominate here. Most famously is Heston Blummental’s Fat Duck, which reopened last year after a £2.5million renovation — although it was Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn which came first, in 1972.

Heston's place: The Fat Duck in Bray Credit: Alamy

You’ll need lots of patience — or excellent contacts — to score a table at the big guns, but even if you can’t, Bray has lots to offer discerning diners. The one-Michelin starred Hind’s Head is also run by Blummental, as is gastropub The Crown At Bray — offering a more laid-back opportunity to sample some of the chef’s magic touch. Also in the village is Italian restaurant and cookery school Caldesi in Campagna, where you can learn to roll pasta like a pro.

Don’t miss: Heston’s infamous Mock Turtle Soup - the ultimate Instagram meal. Good food shots in dim restaurant lighting can be tricky, but the Sony Xperia X has adaptive light settings to capture the moment perfectly.

Margate

The arrival of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, and the kitsch re-imagining of Dreamland amusement park has heralded a cultural revival in Margate (see Angela Scanlon’s day by the seaside), and the seaside town has got a burgeoning food scene, too.

Art gallery and cafe Hantverk and Found packs in customers for its fresh seafood dishes (try the spiced crab on brioche). Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph’s food critic Zoe Williams called the pizzas at GB Pizza Co the best she’d ever tasted. There’s also now its sister restaurant, Roost, specialising in chicken, which is equally mouthwatering.

Brilliant breakfast: Fort's in Margate is renowned for its morning fare

Also worth a visit for sublime thai food is Bangkok Thai, award winning Indian restaurant The Ambrette and amazing breakfast stop Fort's Cafe. All of this can finished off with handcrafted gelato from Melt, eaten on the seafront.

Must try: Bourbon and bacon donuts at Fort’s. Yes, really.

Mull

This small island in the Hebrides, with a population of less than 3000, punches well above its weight in the culinary stakes, with several award winning restaurants. Ninth Wave, on the south-west of the island, specialises in locally caught seafood and organic game, served up with vegetables picked from their kitchen garden — and beat Michelin-starred competition to win the 2015 Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Restaurant of the Year.  

The restaurant at Tiroran House Hotel serves seasonally changing dishes and is one of only three in Scotland to be awarded three rosettes. Am Birlin offers locally produced food in a beautiful, light-filled building and in the main town of Tobermory, Cafe Fish serves up seafood fresh from their boat.

Seafood specialists: Cafe Fish in Mull serves locally-sourced produce Credit: Richard Kellett

Must try: The island’s famous Isle of Mull cheddar - the farm is one of the island’s largest employers.

Ludlow

This medieval market town in Shropshire has always attracted crowds for its historic buildings and beautiful surrounding countryside, but it’s also a big draw for foodies. The area is famous for championing the Slow Food movement, using traditional production and cooking methods and encouraging people to reconnect with where their food comes from.

The results speak for themselves, with locally produced meat, cheese, game, vegetables, preserves, beer and cider dominating local menus. There’s also a hugely popular food festival every September. The Stagg Inn, a 30-minute drive away in Titley, was the first pub to ever be awarded a Michelin star, back in 2001, and still impresses today, especially with its three course £22.50 Sunday lunch menu.

Must try: The Ludlow Food Centre, just north of the town, is a one-stop shop for locally produced ingredients.

Pembrokeshire

As well as some of the most spectacular coastline in the UK, Pembrokeshire has a rich and varied food scene — from fine dining restaurants like Michelin starred chef Will Holland’s Coast, in Saundersfoot, to Cafe Mor, an award winning street-food shack on Freshwater West Beach serving up locally caught crab and lobster, as well as inventive seaweed infused dishes.

Spectacular views: The Shed, located on the Pembrokeshire coast

Good views with even better food is the selling point in this part of the world — whether gastropub The Ferry Inn in St Dogmeals, which overlooks the estuary, or the humbly named The Shed, a quayside bistro on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Not to mention some of the best fish and chip shops in the country

Don’t miss: The legendary lobster sandwich from Cafe Mor.

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