Food & Drink
From real ale with traditional Cornish pasties in the local country pub, to freshly caught lobster and scallops, the West Country offers a multitude of culinary delights.
A popular retail outlet for small producers, our lively Farmers Markets feature some of the best, undiscovered food & drink experiences in the country. Meet the Farmers, sample the produce and enjoy a real regional experience.
There's more to Cornwall than pasties - although they are still a staple in most touristy pubs. The county's meandering coastline means that fish is a feature of many specialist restaurant menus: mackerel, crabs, lobsters and Helford oysters are regulars, and the once-famous pilchard occasionally puts in an appearance. Padstow, Watergate Bay (Newquay) and St Ives have established themselves as high-profile gastro-empires attracting celebrity chefs.
Many visitors who holiday in Devon year after year, visit not just for the scenery … they also love to sample the wide variety of regional food and drink and the county is becoming as famous for its food and drink as it is for its stunning countryside and coastline. The only English gin is still made at its original distillery, at Black Friars on the Barbican. (Plymouth) Plymouth Gin is still made with water from Dartmoor, in its original copper pot stills and in the same hand-crafted manner. Langage Farm, one of the best known names in the region for its ice-cream, clotted cream and farmhouse products. It's produce is sold throughout the UK, and as far a field as Hong Kong!
Renowned for its farm-grown food. There is a flourishing demand for local produce - made by a new generation making the most of Dorset's culinary traditions. From biscuit makers to bakers, soup-making to sausages, there are plenty on offer feeding the appetite for Dorset grub. The home of Purbeck Ice-cream, as served in "House of Commons". Fresh Fish in abundance caught locally by thriving fleet. Oysters, Seafood, Cream Teas and Sherborne Wines.