If the spate of food awards this autumn teach us anything, it’s that there’s plenty more to the UK’s food scene than London. We’re giving our well-worn city favourites a break as we book in for a trek outside of zone 2.
With the forager-focused menu at Tommy Banks’ The Black Swan earning him a Michelin star and recently being voted the best restaurant in the world, there’s never been a better excuse for a journey to Oldstead. It’s just a few hours from London, and there’s accommodation on site – so suddenly a trip to try the £95 tasting menu doesn’t seem so farfetched.
A Rule of Tum’s award-winning roasts have put Hereford on the map, and as they use the same butcher as Moro, St John and Black Axe Mangal, you won’t feel too far from home pulling up a chair here on a Sunday. Choose between Hereford beef or Monmouthshire pork belly, hispi cabbage and smoked cauliflower cheese when making your argument for the four hour drive. Head up for Bonfire Night when they host a seasonal feast.
And if leaving the city is out of the question, let One Star House Party’s supper club do the legwork for you. Claiming to be the world’s most travelled pop-up, Trisha McCrae, Kevin McCrae and James Sharman trained at Noma, The Ledbury and Tom Aikens. Their world tour consists of travelling to 20 countries and setting up a restaurant in every country they visit. Find them in Notting Hill until 4th November.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to reap the rewards of venturing outside of your comfort zone.
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