Pack your bag for a road trip through chocolate-box villages and coastal enclaves, sampling sustainable Scottish seafood and foraged fare in Somerset en route. Sated, bed down in a nearby hotel and dream sweet dreams of what gastronomic delights tomorrow may bring.
Pairing traditional English cuisine with French pizzazz, Bohemia’s creative dishes put Jersey on the UK’s culinary map. Making the most of the island’s local ingredients, the eight-course Pescatarian tasting menu captures the flavours of the sea.
Call: +44 1534 880588
Morston Hall, Norfolk
Set inside a 17th-century house hotel in Blakeney, Morston Hall offers a daily-changing tasting menu in historic surrounds. Delicately curated dishes showcase the best of Norfolk’s coastal produce.
Call: +44 1263 741041
This harbourside restaurant is one of the UK’s top spots. A 14-course tasting menu comprises of inventive dishes served in an intimate setting, where the chefs personally deliver their creations.
Call: +44 117 959 2884
Lower Guinea Street
The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Among the historic docks of Leith, Tom Kitchin’s Michelin-starred restaurant is just as iconic as its setting. Using seasonal Scottish produce, the restaurant serves modern British cuisine with French flair.
Call: +44 131 555 1755
78 Commercial Quay
Perched atop Port Isaac, this restaurant serves sustainably sourced seafood plucked from Cornish waters. Substance over style is key here; Nathan Outlaw’s set menu is simple and incredibly effective.
Call: +44 1208 880 896
6 New Road
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Matt Worsick at The Latymer, Surrey
Bold flavours are paired with regal interiors at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Matt Worswick’s innovative dishes are served under beamed ceilings and wood panelling set in the rolling Surrey countryside.
Call: +44 1276 486150
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire
It’s all about setting here; the restaurant is located in a red-brick 13th-century house, while menus are inspired by the verdant Lancashire surroundings. Dine on exquisite dishes before heading to your room with gorgeous views across the lake.
Call: +44 1695 572511
Moor Hall Restaurant
64 Degrees, Brighton
Tucked down a quaint alleyway, Brighton’s creative reputation is upheld here in the form of eclectic small plates and contemporary presentation. Industrial decor and an open kitchen make for an animated evening.
Call: +44 1273 770115
53 Meeting House Lane
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Set in a 15th-century manor house, this two-Michelin-starred restaurant is a benchmark for haute cuisine. Created by Raymond Blanc, the Oxfordshire restaurant has been delighting diners for 35 years.
Call: +44 1844 278 881
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The Waterside Inn, Berkshire
Owned by culinary royalty, the Roux family promise evenings of gastronomic enchantment at this riverside locale. Awarded three Michelin stars, outstanding food make this an unpretentious yet unforgettable experience.
Call: +44 1628 620691
The Artichoke, Buckinghamshire
In the heart of Buckinghamshire, The Artichoke combines seasonal British produce with Scandinavian techniques. Husband-and-wife team Laurie and Jacqueline create a convivial atmosphere perfect for dinner with loved ones.
Call: +44 1494 726611
9 Market Square
The Three Chimneys, The Highlands, Scotland
Claiming to serve the best of “Skye, Land and Sea”, this remote restaurant is well worth the trip. On the shores of Loch Dunvegan, expect fresh produce from the Scottish isles with a side serving of dramatic vistas.
Call: +44 1470 511258
The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By
Isle of Skye
Le Champignon Sauvage, Cotswolds
Bold decor and modern artwork fail to distract from the gastronomic delights of Le Champignon Sauvage. Countless awards and impeccable reviews speak for themselves; this French darling is not to be overlooked.
Call: +44 1242 573449
24-28 Suffolk Road
The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny
Standing the test of time, The Walnut Tree has been exceeding expectations since it first opened in the 1960s. Chef Shain Hill eschews tradition in favour of modern techniques and unrivalled ingredients.
Call: +44 1873 852797
Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
After working under a variety of top-level chefs, Martin Wishart’s Edinburgh restaurant demonstrates his inspired culinary genius with the use of traditional French cooking methods and local Scottish produce.
Call: +44 131 553 3557
54 The Shore
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The Olive Tree, Bath
Bath’s only Michelin-starred restaurant uses the best of the West Country’s fields and farmland. With tasting menus catering to vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets, Olive Tree proves eating green doesn’t mean missing out.
Call: +44 1225 447928
Hearth at Heckfield Place, Hampshire
As homely as the name suggests, Hearth serves up honest plates under the watchful eye of renowned chef Skye Gyngell. Think open fires, a relaxed atmosphere and drinks in the courtyard.
Call: +44 118 932 6868
The Newt, Somerset
With menus dictated by the hotel’s grounds, food is grown, foraged or sourced depending on the environment. Settle down for a feast in The Botanical Rooms, or go al fresco at the Garden Eateries.
Call: +44 1963 577777
In Manchester’s thriving city centre, this glass-fronted restaurant provides welcome respite from the hustle and bustle. Sophisticated yet hearty food is made in an open kitchen, and service comes with a smile.
Call: +44 161 236 5211
Jack Rosenthal Street
Chef Anton Piotrowski’s culinary wizardry is nothing short of extraordinary. Making complex dishes look simple, family favourites are served with intricate twists and genius additions.
Call: +44 151 708 8698
16 Rodney Street
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The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits
With your gastronomic plans sorted, it’s time to find somewhere to stay. Platinum Cardmembers have access to over 1,100 five-star properties worldwide thanks to Fine Hotels & Resorts, each with a guaranteed 4pm check out giving you time to sleep o the night before. You’ll also be treated to benefits such as complimentary breakfast and a room upgrade (when available), with an average total value of £400 per stay. If you would prefer a home away from home, book with onefinestay and receive a $200 credit with each booking made on your Card.
One for the Road
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Travel. Eat. Repeat.
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An Extra Slice
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