Owners appreciation of their cars has been compared to a love for great food; and their driving experiences to a sumptuous meal.
There’s a decadence and a refinement to the two that defy explanation and since we know that there are more than a few gastrophiles among our readership we shared some of our favourite spots from around the country.
Vennell’s Masham, North Yorkshire
Chef Jon Vennell and his wife have owned and run Vennell’s to a famously high standard for ten years now, offering hearty yet delicately balanced interpretations of modern British food from Yorkshire for the duration of the decade. We recommend you try the beef, mushroom and suet pudding made with local Black Sheep ale to help soak up the typical and well-renowned flavour of Vennell’s.
The Leaping Hare Bury, St Edmunds, Suffolk
The effect of decor on the dining experience cannot be understated and the magical ambience of the Leaping Hare’s 14th century barn has to be among the best in Britain. Sourcing ingredients from around the local estate, every one of its menu’s five or six choices per course has definitely earnt its place, from local game to strikingly imaginative vegetarian options.
The Inn at Whitewell, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
Recently providing the gastronomic backdrop to BBC comedy The Trip, starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, this quaint rural inn sits by the River Hodder, and is something of a favourite among food critics. Despite impeccable reviews and a sterling reputation, the inn remains relaxed and unpretentious, focusing instead on creating a deeply enjoyable dining experience.
Elliott’s Coastal Kitchen, Whitstable, Kent
Just a short amble from the beach, this welcoming kitchen prepares just the right sort of hearty fare to follow a long, slow day by the shore - it’s satisfying British grub with a very modern injection of creativity and refinement. Chef Phill MacGregor keeps local suppliers busy with daily deliveries of fresh produce and has built up a deservedly strong local reputation as a result.
Porthminster Cafe, St Ives, Cornwall
Even closer to the waves is the Porthminster Cafe, nestled on the beach beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point. Chef Michael Smith’s influences are a little further-flung, incorporating modern Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine with local produce and foraged food. The view is worth the trip year-round, but catch it at the right time and you’re in for the dining experience of a lifetime.