Ventura Travel Professionals
Stephen Joyce & Linda Boysiewick
Local Flavors of Great Britain
Great Britain is definitely more than just a collection of world-renowned historical capitals with beautiful and expansive countryside in between. There's more to the island than just the cosmopolitan attractions of London, the royal heritage of Edinburgh, or the coastal allure of Cardiff. Bustling markets to quaint villages, labyrinthine streets to sprawling landscapes, majestic palaces to cozy pubs; there's certainly plenty to be excited about. Venturing out from the city limits would reward curious and willing travelers with a solid grasp on many components of quintessential British life: the traditions, the culture, the geography, the people, and of course... the food.
From England's assortment of comfort staples such as Yorkshire puddings and Cornish pasties to Welsh classics like Rarebit and Glamorgan sausages to Scotland's legendary single malt and blended whiskys, travelers can expect a cuisine that has the ability to be sophisticated, working class, fine, and hearty all at the same time. With a burgeoning culinary scene that constantly strives to elevate British food and drink to exquisite levels, now is the best time to head out and sample what Great Britain has to offer!
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London has long been a melting pot of people and cultures, and nothing illustrates this better than the city's diverse culinary and bar scenes-from Michelin-starred restaurants to innovative street food.
A plethora of exciting artisan producers work out of London, including gin distillers, craft beer brewers, and chocolatiers. Not only that, but you can find the best produce from across Britain at one of London's many food markets.
As a city that welcomes people from all over the world, London has been enjoying cultural influences like no other, maintaining its status as a culinary powerhouse. In a state of constant evolution, this capital will always manage to seduce you with something new on the dining table, may it be local, foreign or fusion. All you must do is stay excited and hungry.
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The people of Yorkshire are immensely proud of all aspects of their county, especially their food and drink. Yorkshire has a diverse landscape featuring cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns, rugged coastline and the famous Moors and Dales, something which is reflected in the range of food and drink experiences on offer.
Today, some of Britain's best meat, cheese, beer and baked goods producers can be found here and, from local markets to renowned restaurants, there is no better place than Yorkshire to sample these local delicacies.
A visit to the South West county of Cornwall never disappoints. Not only is the region blessed with the best of the British weather, but also with some of the finest food and drink. A journey along the coast will cover many picturesque fishing towns and present numerous opportunities to sample the morning's local catch, be it delicious oysters or crab, or traditional fish and chips.
The beauty of Cornwall lies in its diversity. Its ideal location and mild climate makes it a perfect destination with a wide variety of products, managing to please all of its visitors.
Whether you are looking for exquisite delicacies in a Michelin starred restaurant, hearty meals in the Cornish countryside or just a quick bite at the local pub, Cornwall deserves nothing but praise.
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Cumbria is an area of immense beauty. Stunning lakes, valleys and stone-built villages reminisce the romantic setting of ages past. Adored by both locals and eager travelers, the Lake District attracts visitors all year round with its unique charm that changes with every season.
Aside from the already known beauties within, Cumbria's fame lies in its locally-sourced and carefully-crafted Northwestern food and drink. A place that truly understands the art and craft of cuisine, it has and still delights us with exquisite products such as Grasmere Gingerbread, sticky toffee pudding and, of course, the Cumberland sausage.
The Lake District also boasts the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London, cementing the area's reputation as a superb destination for foodies. Country pubs can be found in almost every corner, where many craft beers can be enjoyed along with tales and legends from the friendly locals.
England in a Glass
While there are many beverages associated with England, surely beer, gin and tea rank near the top. This itinerary allows you to sample all three while visiting two historic cities founded by the Romans but still important destinations today.
Bite of England
Great Britain is now highly regarded as a very exciting food and drink destination. In this package, you'll explore charming food markets, learn the history of chocolate, and become an expert at pairing tea with cheese.
Sips & Samples of Southern England
From the hidden pubs and cafés of East London to a brewery in Cornwall, become acquainted with some of the regional dishes, beers, and other products of Britain's finest food and drink.
Culinary Cumbria in a Nutshell
Enjoy a memorable trip through Cumbria, enjoying two of their most famous villages. It's home to the English Lake district and considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. You'll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house, and Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth. Learn about the intriguing history of Muncaster Castle, while savoring afternoon tea, and take a memorable ride on a narrow gauge steam railway. Learn about the making of whisky with a tour and tasting at Cumbria's famous distillery , and even take an alpaca for a walk...or swim!
Lake District Getaway
Take a whirlwind trip through Cumbria, home to the English Lake district and considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. You'll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house. Spend a night in Grasmere, Cumbria's most popular village and Windermere, the charming village nestled on the lake. Experience all the activities on a working Lake District farm, board the Ullswater Steamer for a scenic cruise, plus stroll through the recently renovated Lowther castle and gardens.
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A country's character is best described on the dining table and Wales is no different. The beloved Welsh cakes, rarebits or vegan Glamorgan sausages, all contribute to the culinary scene, each with a different story to tell. Tales of prosperity or hard times, you will learn them all while indulging in the local cuisine.
Modern Welsh cooking is about top-quality ingredients; cooked simply, to let natural flavors shine through. Indulge in lamb from mountains and saltmarshes, Welsh Black beef, Carmarthen ham, and abundant seafood. To wash it down, turn to ales from artisan breweries, Welsh wine, whisky, and gin, as well as plenty of fresh spring water.
Bite of Wales
Discover the all charms this fascinating country has to offer, while sampling traditional Welsh cuisine along with a myriad of activities. Spend a day exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacon National Park, take a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, plus visits to a distillery, a winery, and a cheese tasting. An itinerary for both the serious and casual food lovers; you'll journey through some of their historic cities and countryside, replete with extraordinary landscapes and astounding castles, and maybe learn a few words of Welsh!
Sips and Samples of Wales
Delve into this fascinating country that has retained a distinct cultural identity, while sampling traditional Welsh cuisine along with a myriad of activities. Spend a day foraging on their rugged coastline, take a Wildlife Boat excursion, all interspersed with visits to a micro-brewery, a winery, and a cheese tasting. An itinerary for both the serious and the not-so serious foodies; you'll journey through some of their historic cities and countryside, replete with extraordinary landscapes and astounding castles, and maybe pick up a few words in Welsh!
A Taste of Welsh Classics
Discover the Snowdonia Mountains and the stunning coast, including the port town of Caernarfon; home to Wales most famous castle, and the beautiful seaside resort of Llandudno. Also included is a tour of Halen Mon, the famous sea salt; a safari for lobsters, two vineyard tastings for wine lovers, a micro-brewery visit, the traditional afternoon tea, and you'll master the making of a gin cocktail. Wales is one of the few bilingual countries in the world. And with much of the population speaking Welsh as well as English, an opportunity learn how to pronounce all the towns beginning with two "ll's"!
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With a hefty selection of outstanding and award- winning restaurants, cafes and bars, dining out in Edinburgh is a culinary adventure worth experiencing. A plethora of diverse places to eat and drink certainly ensures that there will always be something that appeals to all manner of tastes and budgets.
A gorgeous city that remains youthful and vibrant, Edinburgh is the renowned cultural capital of the North where the old and new gracefully coexist. With the Atlantic on its doorstep, fresh mountain waters and fertile soil, Scotland's abundant natural ladder is renowned for its unrivaled quality. As a returning visitor, you will definitely want to stray from the usual places, off to new openings and hidden gems. No matter how many times you return, Edinburgh will always astonish so loosen up your belt and get ready to explore.
Great Flavors of Britain
This is the ultimate tour of Britain for foodies. From London to Cornwall, from York to Edinburgh-you'll explore local food markets, discover London's affinity for chocolate, fish for your lunch off the English coast, learn the secrets of pairing tea with cheese, tour and sample at gin and scotch distilleries, and visit three brewpubs. Along the way you'll explore some of Britain's historic sites.
Taste of British Classics
Visit three of Great Britain's most historic and beautiful cities - London, York and Edinburgh - and walk through some of their oldest neighborhoods, sampling and learning about the highlights of English and Scottish food and drink.