Foodie weekends in the UK that you need to try this year
May 11, 2024

We all love a weekend break – but it’s even better when it incorporates food, right?

Of course, any break can be full of fabulous food and drink, but the lovely people at Weekend Candy have put together a little selection of weekend stays built around unique UK dining experiences.

Not only are they in beautiful places, but they’re the perfect inspiration for food-lovers, with some great options to eat, drink and generally be merry. There are tonnes to choose from but Weekend Candy have hand selected a few for food-lovers like you guys who read this blog, to make it easier than ever to

Alice In Wonderland afternoon tea at Wonderland House, Brighton

Have a real-life afternoon tea Alice would be proud of in this magical property perfect for celebrations

What better theme for a group weekend of fun than Alice in Wonderland? Wonderland House in Brighton is an award-winning Regency party house that sleeps up to 24 and celebrates Alice in Wonderland with themed rooms, whimsical furniture, dress-up costumes, magical props and fantastical activities.

There are plenty of food options, from using it as the perfect place to stage a Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea, to hiring a private chef to cook you a meal or a hunky butler to serve you drinks.

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A foodie break in the Forest of Dean


For something food-focused and laid-back, head to the Forest of Dean for a break staying at luxury, dog-friendly Woofield apartments and enjoy all the food and drink in the area, including pub food, a Michelin-starred inn on your doorstep and cooking courses at the nearby Harts Barn Cookery School, where you can spend time learning about everything from Cheese, Chutney & Bread to Cooking with Fire and Smoke and Cookery, Nutrition and Yoga Day.

Set in a Georgian House in the village of Newland near the Wye Valley, Woofield apartments sleep 2-4 or can be hired out for a group of 10. Each accommodation has its own parking space, each one accepts well-behaved small dogs and all are a five-minute stroll away from Newland village’s highlights: the renowned ‘Cathedral of the Forest’ All Saints Church and ‘The Ostrich’ pub.

For foodies, the Michelin starred Whitebrook Inn is only a 20 minute drive away and you can get to Cheltenham in just over 30 mins. If outdoors is more your thing you can book to go paddle boarding or canoeing on the Wye River – just make sure you get some sustenance back at The Ostrich when you return.

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Spend a food-filled weekend in Malton, Yorkshire

Known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton is a town of makers & markets, with more than enough artisan producers, independent shops and places to taste food and drink to keep you busy for a whole weekend. From food tours to a gin school, a cookery school and plenty of events, it’s the perfect place for a food fan.

Stay at The Box BNB – a unique converted shipping container in a Dark Sky area that’s perfect for snuggling up in after a day eating and drinking your way round Malton, and tucking into anything you’ve picked up. Book it here.

Find food in the Cotswolds with a trip to Big Skies Glamping

My round-up on places to visit in the Cotswolds remains one of the most-read guides on this blog, and no wonder, given how much choice there is.
Big Skies Glamping is the perfect base to explore some of these. Nearby you’ll find Dunkerton’s Cider with its tap room, shop, pop up street food and party vibe, or obviously any of the Cotswolds restaurants nearby.
Big Skies Glamping

Cheltenham’s not far, where you could take a trip to Piston’s Gin Distillery for gin making, tasting and tour, or cookery classes 

Alternatively, Big Skies Glamping can work with local caterers to create a unique feast, from a hog roast BBQ to elegant afternoon tea. Breakfast comes with a choice of either a ‘Cook Your Own’ hamper with farm-fresh eggs and bacon. Or a ‘Lazy Day Breakfast’ hamper of homemade granola, fruit, yogurt and pastries. Check it out here.

Settle in for a stay with a private chef


Weekend Candy has several stays where you can book private chefs as luxury add-ons. From treehouses to hideaways, what could be better than snuggling up in your own little paradise while someone cooks you an epic dinner.

If a treehouse with moving bath captures your imaginations, head to Sleepy Owl in Devon – the UK’s first treehouse with moving bath. If you want to head to glorious Cornwall, Fallen Angel cottage should be top of your list. One for special occasions, or just a foodie treat. And another one for the treehouse lovers is  Hudnalls Hideout in the Wye Valley.

For something on a slightly larger scale, how about a banquet…. Tan House in the Forest of Dean is a 17th Century party house that looks more like a Mediterranean villa. Owned by luxury event planners, it sleeps up to 10-plus people and is the perfect place to get everyone round the table for a meal of glorious proportions.

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Weekend Candy is the UK’s only travel site dedicated to weekend stays. Founded in 2018 by Claire Robinson, Weekend Candy curates a collection of the coolest, sassiest and downright irresistible staysunique experiences and destinations in the UK to make it easier than ever to plan a break away.

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