A Gastronomic Tour of the United Kingdom

Dining is an integral part of the holiday experience, and the United Kingdom is a foodie haven with world-famous markets, Michelin-star restaurants and everything in between. This five-day itinerary is ideal for those looking to take their culinary experience to the next level.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, The Berkeley Hotel, which is one of London’s finest 5 star hotels based in Knightsbridge.

After a refresh, head down to the bar for a champagne and canapé reception in the evocative Blue Bar where Marcus Wareing, one of the UK’s leading chefs, Masterchef judge and holder of two Michelin stars will come and meet the group and sign copies of his cookbook.

Then, you will dine in Marcus’ two Michelin star eponymous restaurant at The Berkeley in the private room or at the chef’s table giving a front row seat to the kitchen action (for groups only, couples will be seated in the main restaurant). A bespoke tasting menu will be put together along with wine pairing provided by the head sommelier, who will talk the group through the wines.

Stay: The Berkeley

Day 2: Food and tea tasting

Today, you will start your day with a kitchen tour at the Berkeley, getting a behind the scenes glimpse into the fast paced world of Michelin starred kitchens. Experience a butchery master class with head chef Mark Froydenlund in nose to tail cooking.

Visit Burlington Arcade for a spot of shopping before heading to Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly. Enjoy a private tea tasting in in their Tea Tasting Room with their master tea sommelier whilst also enjoying a traditional British High Tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Next up is a private British cheese tasting in the cellars of one of the UK’s oldest cheese shops, Paxton & Whitfield.

Dinner will be served at Bentleys in Mayfair. Helmed by acclaimed Irish chef Richard Corrigan, Bentleys is famed for its seasonal, local produce from both land and sea, serving up rural food in a grand urban surrounds. The evening will start with an oyster masterclass, tasting of native and Pacific oysters, a glass of champagne, three course meal with wine pairings.

Stay: The Berkeley

Day 3: Retail therapy

Today you will experience some retail therapy in Harrods. Afterwards, there is a unique chance to go behind the scenes to see the kitchens where the world-renowned Harrods own brand luxury food products are produced. End the morning with an intimate chocolate tasting with award winning chocolatier William Curley in his Harrod’s boutique.

Lunch will be a street food sensation with a walking tour of London’s famous Borough Market. Then you will visit the brand new British Museum of Food, which is showcasing the history, science, sociology and art of food. The museum is the brainchild of acclaimed pair Bompass and Parr.

Next, you will be transferred to Gravetye Manor, an impressive and grand country house hotel nestled down in the Sussex countryside. Dinner will be in the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant where guests will be able to meet the chef, George Blogg, famed for his classical style of food served up in a natural way; with most of the ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own two acre walled kitchen garden.

Stay: Gravetye Manor

Day 4: Exploring Kent and Sussex

After breakfast, you will set off for a chauffeur driven day of tasting British sparkling wine down in the Kent and Sussex countryside. Visits will include Hush Heath Estate Winery’s 400-acre estate, Bolney Wine Estate and award winning Chapel Down. Lunch will be a picnic box style sample of local regional produce including pies, cheeses and meats.

Dinner this evening will be a very British affair, with a pub dinner at The Standard Inn in Rye. A recently restored 15th Century inn, The Standard has quickly built a reputation for producing some of the region’s finest food including local specialties such as Salt Marsh lamb, Rye Bay Scallops and Sussex beef.

End the night back at Gravetye with a private whisky tasting hosted by the head barman.

Stay: Gravetye Manor

Day 5: Departure

Start the day at Gravetye with a private tour of the hotel’s kitchen garden with the head gardener Tom Coward before heading down to Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School. Rosemary is one of the UK’s original celebrity chefs and her cookery school combines state of the art cooking technology with an informal, luxurious setting. Enjoying a morning’s cookery lesson choosing your focus, whether traditional British food or honing your baking techniques.

Then, you will be transferred back to London airport to catch your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival The Berkeley
Day 2: Food and tea tasting The Berkeley
Day 3: Retail therapy Gravetye Manor
Day 4: Exploring Kent and Sussex Gravetye Manor
Day 5: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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The Berkeley Gravetye Manor

From USD 8,555 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.