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Top 20 gastronomically gorgeous places to sink your teeth into

It’s time to loosen your belt and give your taste buds a treat. If you survived Dry January, now’s the time to let go a little. Welcome to “Foodie February”. With a culinary cornucopia of homes to choose from, we pick 20 properties near top restaurants, pubs or areas with a mouth-watering foodie connection across the UK.

If you survived Dry January, now’s the time to let go a little. Welcome to “Foodie February”. With a culinary cornucopia of homes to choose from, we pick 20 properties near top restaurants, pubs or areas with a mouth-watering foodie connection across the UK.

Lemsford, Hertfordshire £2.45m

Brocket Hall’s hunting lodge houses Auberge du Lac, a five-star restaurant. It is run by Marcus McGuinness, formerly of the Michelin two-star restaurant, Hibiscus. He was awarded two AA rosettes in his first year there. The Crooked Chimney, just across the road from the estate, is an attractive, traditional establishment serving reasonable pub grub. But perhaps you won’t want to eat out at all when you see the lovely kitchen and dining room in this period home. Lemsford House sits in 2.5 acres and comes with a housekeeper’s cottage and outbuildings.

Call Winkworth St Albans on 01727 844330

Bradford on Avon, Wilts £785,000

This unspoilt market town is the southernmost outpost of the Cotswolds. Built on the banks of the River Avon, the mellow stone houses cluster together on the hillside along with a Saxon church dating from 700AD. Five miles out of town and by the river is the Old Rectory at Whaddon. It is completely rural, situated at the end of a no-through-road within half an acre of idyllic gardens. There are four bedrooms, a separate annex and large country kitchen for rustling up your latest signature dish.

Call Winkworth Bath on 01225 829000

Bratton, Wiltshire £550,000

Bath is a popular city with food lovers and the foremost object of desire has to be the Bath Bun. Half an hour southeast of Bath is this 17th century farmhouse, full of beams and surprises. Outside, it has an old grain store resting on saddle stones in its large, mature gardens.

Call Winkworth Devizes on 01380 729777

Petersfield, Hants £1.65m

Jake Watkins is an award winning chef whose choice dishes are served up in a 17th century coaching inn in Dragon Street. Within walking distance is this classically handsome five-bedroom farmhouse set in four acres of land. It has spacious rooms, cellars, sweeping lawns, outbuildings, a studio and stables. This tasty morsel, it is on the market for the first time in 30 years.

Call Winkworth Petersfield on 01730 267274

Chobham, Woking, Surrey £2.4m

This Surrey village sits just off the M3, not far from the M25, but remains very much a rural community. However, it is blessed with a number of outstanding restaurants and gastro pubs. Within walking distance of Stovells and The Four Horseshoes is this six-bedroom family home. It is part of a small, gated development of four properties built seven years ago. To suit modern family life, it has a large kitchen/breakfast room/family room, while bedroom six, over the garage, could be a cinema room or gym.

Call Winkworth Guildford on 01483 339977

Herstmonceux, East Sussex £379,950

Historic Herstmonceux makes the most of its age-old charm by holding a medieval festival at its unusual brick-built castle. You can book your place for the Tudor banquet which is billed as a feast fit for a king or queen and served with mead. Gourmets might prefer to visit The Sundial for fine French dining, or The Curlew at Bodiam, which offers a clever menu at reasonable prices. This four-bedroom cottage is semi-detached, but beautifully formed and tastefully decorated.

Call Winkworth Lewes on 01273 471471

Bourne End, Bucks £2.15m

TV chef Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star gastro pub is just one of many foodie treats near here at Marlow. The White Oak at Cookham has a Michelin Bib, while at Cliveden House, there’s André Garrett in command, outshining even his stellar London career. But Bourne End is all about the English rural idyll. Why else would Enid Blyton have lived there? This rambling Edwardian house has six bedrooms, a panelled drawing room, and outdoor pool. There’s a large farmhouse kitchen and a utility room just waiting for muddy boots and dogs. The garden rolls down to a mooring platform and the River Thames – you almost expect to see the Famous Five.

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978

Kemptown, Brighton, East Sussex £899,000

Imaginative boutique restaurants are dotted around Brighton, Hove and Kemptown. This three-bedroom seafront apartment is on the ground floor and first floor of a beautiful bow-fronted Regency town house. It even has a small patio garden, so you can enjoy a tipple outside before finding your ideal evening eaterie.

Call Winkworth Brighton and Hove on 01273 772175

Sutton Scotney, Hants £1.3m

The clear, fast running streams of Hampshire are famous for their watercress beds. Arlesford was the centre of the industry, and the steam trains on the so-called Watercress Line took the produce direct to London. Going with the flow and the watery theme, this unique property sits on an island, with streams on all sides. The River Dever, a tributary of the River Test, runs through the 5 acres, feeding several trout ponds. There is an agricultural tie on the property, but there is a fishing lodge here, too. 

Call Winkworth Winchester on 01962 866777

Sandridge, Hertfordshire £1.99m

St Albans has seen a foodie revival recently and is now home to many independent shops and markets. Lussmanns Fish and Grill has made quite an entrance, winning numerous awards. The village of Sandridge is three miles from the attractive cathedral city and this five-bedroom family house sits in 5 acres fitted out for horses with stables, a tack room and four paddocks.

Call Winkworth St Albans on 01727 844330

Challock, Kent £745,000

In the Garden of England, surrounded by orchards, Faversham is home to the national fruit collection. Guided tours, events and festivals are held throughout the year and the Brogdale site has a number of artisan food sellers offering meat, bread and tempting tipples. A few miles to the south is Challock, which has its own Barn Shop selling local produce and an annual Goose Fair held on the green. This updated chalet bungalow has four bedrooms and a range of outbuildings.

Call Winkworth Canterbury on 01227 456645

Shelford, Nottinghamshire £565,000

West Bridgford, just outside Nottingham, is almost overwhelming in its choice of eateries. From Larwood and Voce, winner of Unilever’s 2015 Best British Roast Dinner competition, to fancy French Côte, or Escabeche with its tasty tapas, there is a world of flavours to choose from here. Settle down in Shelford, the neighbouring village, where you could buy this pretty four-bedroom cottage with roses around the door. It has a large garden with fruit trees and a threshing barn that could be a project.

Call Winkworth Nottingham on 01115 981 4481

Naseby, Northants £865,000

The Red Lion in East Haddon gained a Bib Gourmand from Michelin, and has held on to it for four years. This unique home in nearby Naseby would be a good base from which to explore the county’s culinary delights. If you find them lacking, come home to a superb kitchen and cook up some delights of your own.

Call Winkworth Northampton on 01604 824854

Gonerby Hill Foot, Grantham £325,000

Do you ever dream of having your own smallholding, where you can grow your own produce? It’s not often that this combination comes up: a small bungalow, 2.5 acres of land and a large workshop. And when you find yourself bored by pickling beetroot and making jam, hop along the lane to Harry’s Place at Great Gonerby, the country’s smallest restaurant with a Michelin star.

Call Winkworth Grantham on 01476 578888

Brighthampton, Oxford £925,000

Almost 70 locals have invested in the Red Lion, a village pub in Northmoor. They have called in Ian Neale, formerly senior sous-chef at Bibendum in Chelsea and his partner, Lisa Lyne who was front of house at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, to run it and it has already got a listing in the Michelin Guide. This house at Brighthampton is close by and has a fabulous kitchen and outdoor dining area. It also has stables and a paddock, so you could ride over to the pub for supper.

Call Winkworth Oxford on 01865 511333

Joy Lane, Whitstable, Kent £695,000

This seaside town has been famous for its oysters since Roman times and it holds an annual festival dedicated to the celebrated crustaceans in July. The Sportsman in Seasalter has held a Michelin star since 2008 and won gastropub of the year in the 2015 Budweiser awards. Then there’s VC Jones for fish and chips, and Sundae Sundae for ice cream. This modern, four-bedroom home has sea views. The garden is low maintenance, which is good if you plan to spend all your time on the beach, and the garage might house a small boat.

Call Winkworth Canterbury on 01227 456645

Lime Kiln Lane, Exeter, Devon £350,000

Topsham has so many foodie delights that a pub there offers a “Graze and Flavour” weekend break. Alternatively, settle here and have it all on your doorstep. And this charming three-bedroom thatched cottage is just off the road between Topsham and Exeter. The country kitchen opens onto a terrace and al fresco dining area. The sitting room has an inglenook fireplace with a bread oven. It is all so delightful that you might not want to dine.

Call Winkworth Exeter on 01392 271177

Torquay, Devon £795,000

The foodie scene along the promenade at Torquay has exploded in recent years and now you are spoiled for choice. In fact, with the palms swaying and diners spilling out along the seafront, the English Riviera is looking more and more like its French equivalent. With superb views to the sea, this five-bedroom contemporary home sits in an elevated position. Its two south-facing balconies and large windows let the light flood in.

Call Winkworth Exeter on 01392 271177

Dunsfold, Exeter, Devon £735,000

Think of Dartmoor and you think wild, wind-swept walks and comforting cream teas. There are plenty of places serving up scones and jam, but one of the best is the Walled Garden Tea Rooms in Dunsfold. This would be right on your doorstep if you bought Lockhouse Farm, a four-bedroom property with 2.5 acres of land. It comes with a holiday cottage, too.

Call Winkworth Exeter on 01392 271177

Lewes, East Sussex £575,000

There’s a food festival – OctoberFeast – here every autumn, and the High Street is full of independent retailers. You could join them! There’s an interesting conversion of a former printworks just off the main area. It offers three bedrooms and a live/work space that might suit an arty or crafty type.

Call Winkworth Lewes on 01273 471471


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