The Gastrotourist

Some meals are worth a special journey. In The Gastrotourist we profile select destination restaurants from across the UK and beyond. Select a restaurant from the list below

Box Tree, Ilkley

Box Tree, Ilkley

For fifty years now, the Box Tree at Ilkley has enjoyed a reputation as one of the north's best restaurants. At its peak, it boasted two Michelin stars and in September 2004 -- with the arrival of husband-and-wife team Simon and Rena Gueller -- the good times returned. Simon worked with Ma...Read This Article

Dormy House, Broadway

Dormy House, Broadway

We hear all the time about refurbishments, refits and launches, but none go as far as the recently reopened Dormy House, located on the cusp of the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire borders. It's long since been established as a favourite for those in the know who wanted a country retreat wit...Read This Article

Gidleigh Park, Chagford

Gidleigh Park, Chagford

Under the new ownership of Andrew and Christina Brownsword and with Michael Caines MBE remaining at the helm of the kitchen, Gidleigh Park has been totally refreshed. The refurbishment programme has taken 11 months to complete and has sensitively retained the original architectural and des...Read This Article

Gilpin Lodge, Windermere

Gilpin Lodge, Windermere

Set in 20 private acres of tranquil gardens, moors and woodland above Lake Windermere, this elegant Lakeland home has been crafted over the years into a luxurious and award-winning country house hotel. It's a romantic getaway with a reputation for fine dining and top-quality accommodation....Read This Article

Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington

Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington

Perhaps the finest country house hotel in the Cheltenham area, this superb Elizabethan manor has retained its historic features and charming character. It takes its name from the pre-Roman path which runs beside the building and The Greenway was a favourite with the late Queen Mother durin...Read This Article

Hipping Hall

Hipping Hall

Located midway between the Dales and Lake District national parks right on the borders of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, Hipping Hall is a fine dining restaurant with rooms. The main building dates back to the 17th century but parts of it are even older, notably the wonderfully atmosph...Read This Article

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere

Enjoying a stunning position overlooking Windermere and the Langdale Fells, Holbeck Ghyll was the former hunting lodge of Lord Lonsdale, 'The Yellow Earl' and first president of the AA. The arts and crafts interior features stained glass, carved wooden panelling and inglenook fireplaces an...Read This Article

Homewood Park, Hinton Charterhouse

Homewood Park, Hinton Charterhouse

Set in beautiful countryside, Homewood Park is a luxury country house hotel just six miles from Bath and only 30 minutes from the M4. The hotel has received many awards for both its service and facilities over the years and guests appreciate the warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The...Read This Article

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, Saulieu

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, Saulieu

The story of Bernard Loiseau has all the elements of a Greek tragedy. A perfectionist who drove himself relentlessly, he took a down-at-heel property in an unfashionable part of Burgundy and turned it into one of the three-Michelin-starred temples of French gastronomy and country hospitali...Read This Article

Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter Manor is one of the finest 17th-century country houses in the south of England. It stands in its own lovely gardens next to the historic church of St. Mary in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter. The pretty River Eye, crossed by two small stone fo...Read This Article

Northcote, Langho

Northcote, Langho

Now entering its third decade under the impeccable stewardship of Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft, Northcote at Langho, near Blackburn, is the quintessential 'restaurant with rooms'. Nigel oversees the Michelin-starred kitchen and this former winner of the Egon Ronay Chef Of The Year awar...Read This Article

Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

The Dower House restaurant overlooks the secluded gardens of the Royal Crescent Hotel which are one of Bath's best-kept secrets. There's nowhere else in Bath quite as pleasurable as the hotel's stunning gardens for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a quiet drink in the evening. In su...Read This Article

Sharrow Bay, Ullswater

Sharrow Bay, Ullswater

This is the classic English country house experience and arguably where the whole concept first originated. Sharrow Bay overlooks Ullswater from its northeast shore and a quieter and more tranquil part of the Lake District you would be hard-pressed to find. It sits in 12 acres of private g...Read This Article

Simon Radley At The Chester Grosvenor

Simon Radley At The Chester Grosvenor

Simon Radley has been at the helm in the five-star Chester Grosvenor Hotel & Spa's kitchens for 20 years, holding a Michelin star for 18 of them. In honour of that stellar achievement, the hotel's iconic Arkle restaurant has been recently refurbished and renamed as Simon Radley at the Ches...Read This Article

Ston Easton Park, Ston Easton

Ston Easton Park, Ston Easton

A superb Palladian mansion set in one of the West Country's most romantic estates, Ston Easton Park exudes elegance, warmth and comfort. Log fires, comfortable antique furniture and exquisite paintings evoke memories of a more leisured age and provide a welcome you might associate with a m...Read This Article

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