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Great British Pub Tour

» Flavours of Southern England 2015 - 6 Day Trip from London

'Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, New Forest & Lyme Regis - Traditionally only ever recognised for its Full English breakfast, fish and chips and the Sunday roast, British cuisine is gaining international esteem as world class chefs put a modern twist on traditional dishes. The result is a complete turnaround in the global perception of the food of this age-old country. On this tour you will have the opportunity to taste many of the flavours of southern England including local cheeses and breads, locally caught fish, homemade clotted cream ice cream, cider and wine'

Day 1: London – Portsmouth – Isle of Wight

This morning our journey takes us to Portsmouth, noted for being the UK’s only island city. A significant naval port for many centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock as well as some famous ships, including the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. You will have time to explore Portsmouth’s historical dockyard before we board the ferry for our crossing to the Isle of Wight. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner that features fresh seasonal and local produce. (D) Overnight: The Royal Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Isle of Wight

Our first visit today is to Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was famously imprisoned prior to his execution. Lunch today will be at Priory Bay, a luxury country house hotel, set within a 70-acre estate. Although over 800 years old, the castle is beautifully preserved and the views from the battlements are superb. After eating a sumptuous three-course lunch, we enjoy a 45-minute culinary experience with either the Head Sommelier or the Head Chef. (B, L)Overnight: The Royal Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Isle of Wight – New Forest

This morning we visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s royal seaside palace, where we glimpse into the private life of the Royal Family, and admire the delightful gardens. We follow this with a short visit to St. Mildred’s Church, with its design influenced for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert. We then embark on a scenic drive to Yarmouth, a busy little town built by Henry VIII to protect England from invading forces. This afternoon we return to the mainland and make our way to the 18th century maritime village Buckler’s Hard, which played such an important part in Britain’s shipbuilding history. This evening we will dine in the restaurant of our New Forest hotel, which has been awarded a rosette award for its fine culinary cuisine. (B, D) Overnight: Moorhill House Hotel

Day 4 : New Forest – Lyme Regis – Hawkchurch

Our first visit today is to Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens. This “off the beaten track” Dorset gem is set in the grounds of a ruined 11th century Benedictine Monastery. We then continue to Lyme Regis, the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, which has a great local reputation for its food and drink. Lunch today is at the restaurant of Lyme’s very own ‘celebrity chef’ Mark Hix – the Hix Oyster & Fish House. Later today we visit Furleigh Estate, which makes some of the best sparkling wine in the country. After a tour of the estate and vineyard we will sit and admire the wonderful rolling Devon and Dorset landscapes whilst tasting their award-winning wines. At our hotel in Hawkchurch help yourself to the West Country Cheese Board buffet and perhaps buy a glass of Furleigh wine from the bar. (B, L) Overnight: Fairwater Head Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Hawkchurch– River Cottage – Hawkchurch

From Hawkchurch we wind our way along the back roads of Devon through the picturesque village of Branscombe to Beer, a small fishing village that developed around a smugglers' cove where contraband goods were once stored. Lunch today will be at the award-winning River Cottage Canteen and Deli, whose famous ethos is creating amazing food using only the finest seasonal produce from local suppliers. This afternoon we head to Honiton once famous for its lace making. Whilst there we highly recommend a visit to the Honiton Ice Cream Shop, which makes 48 flavours of handmade clotted cream ice cream on the premises. Later today we return to Hawkchurch where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, L, D)Overnight: Fairwater Head Hotel (or similar)

Fantastic food and great locations
Sothern Britain Coast
Fantastic fresh crabs

Day 6: Hawkchurch – Newbury - London

Today we travel to Berkshire, stopping en route in Shaftesbury, a small hill-top market town with a history that goes back to Saxon times. Lunch today will be at Marco Pierre White’s award-winning Wheelers Inn at the Carnarvon Arms. After a leisurely we will drive back to London, where our tour ends. (B, L)

British Cuisine 5 day tour

Tour Inclusions

5 nights’ accommodation
Driver/tour leader
Mini-coach transportation
Full English breakfast daily
3 x evening meals
1 x lunch at Priory Bay
1 x lunch at Hix Oyster & Fish House
1 x lunch at River Cottage Canteen & Deli
1 x lunch at Wheeler’s Inn
Included Entrances: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House & Buckler’s Hard.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Your tour commences from the Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Drop-off 5:30pm at Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable.

Additional Information We have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

On this tour you will have the opportunity to taste many of the flavours of southern England

Adult Price from: £1395 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1475 (single)

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5 DAY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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A gourmet tour designed for those who enjoy tasting regional, award-winning cuisine

Dine in the restaurants of three celebrity chefs; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mark Hix & Marco Pierre White

A unique culinary experience on the Isle of Wight

An exclusive wine tasting at Furleigh Estate

 

SECURE TOUR BOOKINGS


This full day tour departs every Sunday from 3rd May inclusive

Adult Price from: £1395 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1475 (single)
 

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides



2015 Departures:

Departs Every Sunday from 4rd May 2015 - 5th October 2015

 

 


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I had simply an amazing time. Thank you Martin and Paul for providing us with such an enjoyable trip. I haven't had such a relaxing yet fun-filled trip like this for a long time. I will definitely recommend the trip to my friends. Thanks again for a great weekend
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