Lock up your microwave, shred your takeaway menus and hide the Bisto, Best Loved Hotels is celebrating the best of British cuisine this winter. After all you can�t really enjoy food unless someone else has cooked it...
Dear Recipient
Wednesday 25th October 2006

At no other time of year can you eat a bowl of Lancashire Hotpot with thick soda bread and be content that it is only doing you good. Autumn and Winter are one of the best times of year for enjoying the best of British produce and with Christmas around the corner, a fantastic time of year to buy some for your family and friends. If you are a fan of farmers’ markets, like London’s famous Borough Market, you’ll need to get out of the city to really get a feel for what Great British Food is all about.

Jonathan Gilbert

 Gourmet Getaways
  Stapleford Park
  Northcote Manor
  Swan at Lavenham
 Regional Grub
  Leicesterhire Grub
  Lancashire Grub
  Suffolk Grub
Stapleford Park, Leicestershire
  'Millionaire's Golf', B&B, plus wine £210
  'Christmas at Stapleford' - pure luxury
Stapleford is one of England's finest stately homes, set in 500 acres of woods, parkland and beautiful gardens, complete with spa and 18-hole golf course. Acclaimed head chef, Wayne Vickerage, creates traditional English and continental dishes, while the fine dining ambience of The Grinling Gibbons offers the tranquility of a bygone era. More >>
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Leicestershire Grub
Leicestershire is all about cheese - Thanks to first-class dairy cattle, the area is famous for not one, but two, world-beating cheeses - Stilton and Red Leicester. Another of the county's most famous specialities is the portly pork pie, whose ancestral home is the town of Melton Mowbray. More >>

  '1 night gourmet break' from £210
  '2 night gourmet break' from under £100
Northcote Manor is best known for outstanding food. The restaurant was awarded its very first Michelin star in 1996. Nigel Haworth, holder of the 1999 'Wedgwood Chef & Potter Trophy' for Britain's Top Chef, has a special love of traditional Lancashire cooking, and he has recreated many of those dishes in a very different style, including a sticky toffee pudding that has been voted one of the best in the country. More >>
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Lancashire Grub
Like many Northern dishes, those from Lancashire are designed for big appetites. Special favourites include Lancashire Meat and Potato Pie, a traditional type of pasty, as well as the Lancashire Hotpot, while Lancashire cheese is popular with those that like their hard cheeses a bit softer. More >>
Northcote Manor, Lancashire

Swan at Lavenham, Suffolk
  'Suffolk Saver', rates from just £49.50!
This beautiful hotel nestles in the heart of the medieval village of Lavenham, renowned for its splendid array of listed buildings. There is no shortage of dining options - The Swan's restaurants offer fresh menus daily, serving quality cuisine created by their talented brigade of chefs who use ingredients sourced from Suffolk and Norfolk suppliers. More >>
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Suffolk Grub
Rabbit and hare (as in Jugged Hare) are traditional East Anglian fare, while ham and bacon curing is a traditional East Anglian industry. Suffolk sweet-pickled hams are among the finest in the land and found in Harrods' and other first-class food halls. Norfolk is well-known for turkeys, which used to be marched to London in order to reach the market for Christmas. More >>
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